New ranking rates Imperial excellence in Natural Sciences
4 November 2010
Imperial College shines in the second outing of a European survey to identify research excellence in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics. Published by the Centre for Higher Education Development in Germany, the CHE Excellence Ranking provides information for prospective graduate students on Masters and PhD provision at European HEIs.
The 2010 survey reviewed departments across the continent, looking at indicators such as the number of publications and citations, student and staff mobility, the presence of Erasmus Mundus master’s programmes or Marie Curie projects, and whether researchers earned an ERC Grant or a Nobel Prize within their specialist area. This year’s results show that Imperial again belongs to the elite Excellence Group in each of the subject areas surveyed, namely Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics.
The survey also sought student feedback from current masters’ and doctoral students. The questionnaire covered areas such as: organisation, examinations, workload, supervision and quality of the laboratories. All four departments performed exceptionally well in the student survey, highlighting the quality of facilities and support for Imperial postgraduate students.
These facilities include The Postdoc Development Centre, which offers a wide range of development courses, workshops and training resources. Specialist coaching includes helping postdocs prepare fellowship applications, reviewing CVs and holding mock interviews. Imperial is the only UK university with a standalone centre to support Postdoctoral researchers.
Imperial’s performance in the CHE Excellence Ranking follows its nomination for Outstanding Support for Early Career Researchers in the 2010 Times Higher Education awards.
The detailed results of the 2010 CHE Excellence Ranking are available here.
— Simon Watts, Communications and Development