Dundee placed in world’s top 100 for research quality

The University of Dundee is one of the world’s top 100 universities for research quality, according to a major survey released today (June 19).

The Nature Index 2019 tracks contributions to research articles published in 82 high-quality natural science journals, chosen by an independent group of researchers. For the first time, the Nature Index has produced a normalised ranking which takes an institution’s size into account when calculating the output of high-quality research. In this table Dundee ranks 84th in the world.

Professor Andrew Atherton, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Dundee, said, “We are producing research that is having an impact around the world, helping change lives locally and globally.

“The Nature Index emphasises that it is quality that matters more than size, and that many smaller institutions are, like us, punching above their weight in producing world-class research.”

Dundee is one of only two Scottish institutions in the top 100 of the normalised table. The other is the University of St Andrews, at 82nd, further highlighting the global impact of research carried out on this small stretch of Scotland’s east coast, which has gained an international reputation as “Scotland’s intellectual gold coast.”

David Swinbanks, Founder of the Nature Index, said, “The inclusion this year of a normalised ranking alongside the standard Nature Index annual tables is especially interesting because the ranking draws to light some smaller institutes that are proportionally outstripping research powerhouses.”

Notes to editors

The Nature Index annual tables are available here.

Nature (founded in 1869) is the leading, international weekly journal of science. Nature Research also publishes a range of Nature branded subscription journals, the leading open access multidisciplinary journal Nature Communications, other open access journals including Scientific Reports, and a range of Nature Partner Journals published in partnership with institutions and societies. Together, these journals publish some of the world's most significant scientific discoveries.

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