A UNIVERSITY has been ranked fifth in the UK in a new list of the best “Golden Age” institutions.

The University of Sussex also climbed two places to be 15th in the global rankings for Golden Age universities published by the Times Higher Education.

The ranking rates approximately 300 universities which were founded during the global “Golden Age” of higher education, between 50 and 80 years ago.

The period between 1945 and 1967 saw a rapid increase in investment in research and university expansion.

The University of Sussex was established in 1961 and was the first new university in the UK following the Second World War.

It is part of a group of institutions which have strong academic and cultural identities, but have not been around for hundreds of years.

The university’s move up the rankings this year is due to improvements in its teaching scores and an increased number of research citations being used by academics elsewhere.

The Golden Age ranking is a subset of the THE World University Ranking, in which Sussex is now 146th, up from 161st in 2019.

The ranking uses the same criteria for assessment, including citations, staff to student ratio, a reputation survey and international staff and student ratios.