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Cardiff University celebrates double success

Main Building - Cardiff UniversityCardiff University is currently celebrating double success after being named among the top 125 universities in the world for the first time in 4 years, as well as 1 of 6 UK universities to achieve top marks for gay-friendliness.

The 2014 QS World University Rankings, which ranks 800 of the world’s universities, placed Cardiff University in joint 123 rd place alongside the University of Liverpool with an overall score of 64.5/100; overall scores are determined by a range of factors such as academic peer reviews, faculty student ratios, citations per facility, recruiter reviews and international orientation. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology was named the top university in this year’s table, followed by Cambridge University and Imperial College London in joint second place.

Compared to last year’s table, Cardiff University has risen by 13 places and is currently the only Welsh university in the top 200, with Swansea ranked 461, Bangor 471 and Aberystwyth 601. Cardiff University had previously been ranked as high as 99 in 2007, and Cardiff University’s Vice Chancellor Prof Colin Riordan said that the university aims to get back into the top 100 before 2017 by continuing to work on its international profile and reputation.

Perfect score awarded for gay-friendliness

Following on from the improvement in Cardiff University’s world ranking, the university was also named as 1 of only 6 universities in the UK to achieve top marks for gay-friendliness. The Gay By Degree 2015 guide, released by Stonewall, ranks 158 universities in the UK against a 10 point checklist by collating data that is freely available on university and students’ union websites.

The 5 other universities that achieved a 10/10 score for gay-friendliness are the University of Essex, the University of Glasgow, Sheffield Hallam University, Liverpool John Moores University and York St John University. In comparison, when Stonewall began publishing its guide in 2010 no university scored 10/10. 

In order to achieve the top marks, a university has to meet a set of criteria which includes holding events and societies for lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) students, including sexual orientation in harassment policies, and ensuring that LGB students are involved in any decisions made by a university. Stonewall's Gay-By-Degree guide found that 85% of UK universities have a LGB student society and 72% frequently hold events specifically for the gay community. However, only 22% of universities actually monitor the sexual orientation of students and even less (20%) actually talk about LGB issues with the wider community; it was also found that 11 universities in the UK met none of the criteria.

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