A UNIVERSITY has been ranked in the world's top 10 for nursing for the third successive year.

The University of Southampton came ninth in the world for nursing courses in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021.

Southampton, which is ranked third amongst UK universities increased it’s reputational rating for Nursing this year amongst academic peers and made significant improvement in its recognition amongst employers.

The university also achieved a higher ‘hi-index’ score which measures the productivity and impact of work published by scientists and scholars in the subject.

Professor Julie Cullen, the University’s Head of Nursing, Midwifery and Health in the School of Health Sciences, was "delighted" for her colleagues to have maintained their status amongst the top 10.

She said: “I’m so pleased to be working with nursing and midwifery colleagues who have continued to work so hard, especially during the challenging year of 2020 when many have risen to the challenge of devoting extended time to the NHS in support of patients and colleagues amidst the global COVID-19 pandemic.

“To do all of that whilst continuing to deliver degree-level educational programmes that enable student nurses to become qualified as Nursing & Midwifery Council registrants, and join the NHS workforce, is a tribute to their professionalism and perseverance.

“Achieving our ranking in the global top 10 and third in the UK, provides us with great pride in both the University of Southampton and our inspiring students.”

Dr Jane Prichard, Interim Head of the School of Health Sciences added: “Our continuing success in the global rankings stems from fantastic teamwork involving not just nurses and midwives, but also allied health professionals and experts from diverse fields such as engineers, social scientists and economists."