University of Manchester maintains elite global place amid lecture strikes

The University of Manchester has been placed in the global top 100 for each of the five broad subject areas measured in the independent 2018 QS World University Rankings by Subject, which have been released.

Measured alongside 1,129 universities around the world, Manchester scored highly in each of the areas measured – arts and humanities; engineering and technology; life sciences and medicine; natural sciences; and social sciences and management.

The University was in the UK top ten for each of these and was also ranked in the top 100 for 37 individual subjects.

To compile the results, the QS team analysed over 22 million papers, producing close to 200 million citations. 1,130 institutions have been ranked across 48 subjects in five subject areas, creating 14,000 published entries.

The Subject rankings complement the QS World University rankings which were published last year and place Manchester at 34th in the world.

In other news, UoM has joined others in calling for new solutions to the lecturers’ strike. A five-day walkout from Monday 12 March and ending Friday 16 March is planned.

Both sides of the pensions dispute, the lecturers’ union and Universities UK, will start talks mediated by Acas.

The industrial action is becoming more intense with four days of strikes this week, after three days last week and two days the week before. Next week a five-day strike is planned.

Another four institutions have joined the action, affecting thousands more students. Bradford University; Ruskin College; St George’s, University of London and the Institute of Development Studies needed another ballot before they could join the dispute.

More institutions are asking Universities UK, which represents vice-chancellors, to reform its stance and resolve the situation.

General Secretary of the University and College Union Sally Hunt said that another series of strikes was being planned for April, May and June and confirmed final-year exams could be cancelled.

She added: “Our mandate from members for strikes runs until July.

“On March 2 we will meet to finalise further plans, which will include strike action during the period students will be taking their exams.

“Some universities have said they will dumb down degrees and remove questions from exams.

“If this dispute continues, those exams will not be taking place. This needs to be resolved.”

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