Press release

Dundee’s scientific impact among best in the world

Published on 16 May 2019

The University of Dundee has been rated among the world’s best universities in terms of the impact of its scientific research in the 2019 CWTS Leiden Rankings.

On this page

Students working in lab

The Leiden rankings are based on research publications data and offer important insights into the scientific performance of nearly 1000 major universities worldwide.

They place Dundee at 15th in the world for the highest proportion of highly cited publications. This is based on the proportion of citations in the most cited 1% of articles across all disciplines. 

According to the ranking, Dundee is just behind Oxford (11th) and Cambridge (12th) in this important marker of research quality, and is the highest placed university in Scotland. 

“The Leiden rankings highlight the extraordinary impact our research has made, a remarkable achievement for our staff and a testament again to the strength of our outputs across the scientific disciplines,” said Professor John Rowan, Vice-Principal Research, Knowledge Exchange and Wider Impact at the University.

“We are ranked alongside, and in many cases well above, far larger institutions worldwide in terms of the impact of our research.

“The only institutions in the UK ranking ahead of us are the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Cambridge and Oxford so we are in very good company.”

The full Leiden rankings can be viewed here.


Press Office, University of Dundee
Story category Ranking