University Of Reading Listed In The Top 200 Universities In The World

The University of Reading has maintained its place in the top 200 institutions in the QS World University Rankings 2019 published today.

The University ranked 195th overall, out of 1,000 top institutions in the world considered by the compiler, and was 29th highest out of the 76 UK institutions featured in the QS table. The consolidated position sees Reading in the top 200 institutions for the last four years.

Highlights include a strong performance globally for the ratio of international students to UK students, as well as the University’s proportion of international academics, with rising ranks of 87th (up three places) and 129th (up 25 places) respectively. This bucks the trend for universities in the UK – with 53 out of 76 universities seeing their international student ratio drop.

“This is no mean feat and we are proud to have achieved this status once again” – Sir David Bell, Vice-Chancellor, University of Reading

The QS World University Rankings is a respected, independent benchmark of university quality. Published annually, the league table is based on expert opinion from thousands of academics and employers around the world, as well as the analysis of citations and papers, to measure the impact of the research produced by the universities ranked.

The more detailed results for the University of Reading include:


  • 87th globally for international student ratio – demonstrating the University’s success in attracting overseas students.
  • 129th for international faculty ratio – demonstrating the University’s success in attracting academics from overseas.
  • 215th for international employer reputation – demonstrating the University’s links with industry.


  • Joint 24th in the UK for international student ratio.
  • Joint 24th in the UK for international faculty ratio.
  • 27th in the UK for academic reputation.
  • 31st in the UK for employer reputation.

Sir David Bell, University of Reading Vice-Chancellor said: “This is the University of Reading’s fourth consecutive year in the top 200, according to the QS World University Rankings. This is no mean feat and we are proud to have achieved this status once again.

Reading has always had a strong international outlook and I am pleased that we continue to attract both students and academics from overseas, particularly at a time when the majority of UK institutions seem to be feeling the impact of Brexit on staff and student numbers.

We judge our success as an institution in many ways, of which league tables are one. While they are subject to fluctuation from year to year, we take encouragement from this year’s score and continue to treat the QS World University Ranking as a helpful performance indicator.

In other recent league tables, Reading was ranked 32nd in the UK in the Complete University Guide 2019 and joint 24th in the UK in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2018. Reading is currently ranked between 201-250 in the world and 32nd in the UK, according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2017/18.