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Brighton medical school is top UK institution in global university rankings

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Brighton medical school is top UK institution in global university rankings

Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) is the highest-ranked UK institution in the latest Times Higher Education Young University World Rankings. 

BSMS is also the only UK institution in the global top 50, coming in at number 44 on a list of 475 universities spread around 68 countries. It is the fourth successive year BSMS has been awarded a top 50 place in the Young University World Rankings.

Formed in 2003 out of a partnership between the universities of Brighton and Sussex, along with surrounding NHS organisations, BSMS's success as the top UK institution stands out even more given the UK is the most-represented country in the overall list, with a total of 37 institutions.

The prestigious rankings list the world’s best universities that are 50 years old or younger, based on 13 performance indicators including teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. THE highlighted BSMS's Clinical Investigation and Research Unit, Clinical Imaging Sciences Centre, plus facilities for research into areas such as immunity, cell signalling, developmental biology, human genetics, neuro-inflammation and cancer.

Recent groundbreaking initiatives in 2021 at BSMS include an exploration of how surgery can use more sustainable practices in an era of climate crisis, as well as pioneering remote surgical training using live streaming, Virtual Reality and 360-degree cameras in response to COVID-19 restrictions. 

Professor Malcolm Reed, Dean of BSMS, says: “As a joint venture school between two universities, BSMS qualifies to be included in the table along with several other similar ‘universities’ and it is a great achievement that we perform so well amongst such a strong field of prestigious institutions. This is an endorsement of the progress we have made in our first 20 years and a driver for us to continue to improve for the benefit of our staff, students and those patients who will benefit from their care.”

The overall THE Young University World Rankings were topped by Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, while Paris Sciences et Lettres (PSL Research University Paris) was second. South Korea has three institutions in the top 10, more than any other nation.