SOUTHAMPTON university has risen 13 places in the QS World University Rankings.

The new rankings for 2022 which were published on Tuesday has seen the University of Southampton rise from 90th to 77th amongst the 1,300 universities ranked overall.

This also means that the university has climbed 25 places since 2018 and it is its highest ranking by QS since the University achieved 73rd in 2012.

Now Professor Mark E. Smith, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University has praised colleagues for their contributions and put the success down to the increased citation rates for Southampton’s published world-class research and the improved recognition of the University by employers.

Daily Echo: Professor Mark E. Smith, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Southampton.Professor Mark E. Smith, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Southampton.

The vice-chancellor said: "There are lots of excellent universities across the world and being recognised in the top 100 is something that we, at Southampton, celebrate as formal recognition of the dedication shown by our hard-working and high-quality staff and students and our impact-led and globally-relevant research, all of which is creating a positive impact across the globe.

"To have improved our position by more than 10 places from already being within the top 100 is a really strong performance and a true indicator of our status as a world-leading university as seen by our peers and those in industry and other sectors with whom we collaborate and who continue to recruit our high-quality graduates in great numbers."

To rank the institutions, data was analysed and performance indicators reviewed with a focus on excellence in research and teaching.

As well as this, the international profile of students and staff and each university’s global reputation amongst fellow academics and employers was also considered.

This year Southampton scored particularly well for its reputation amongst employers, moving up 31 places in this category, whilst also increasing its research citations per faculty, leading the University to rise 41 places.

In addition, Southampton improved 21 places for the proportion of students who are international.