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A student’s take on the Impact Rankings: how and why to use them

A student’s take on the Impact Rankings: how and why to use them

23 July 2021

A student’s take on the Impact Rankings: how and why to use them

Students can use the Impact Rankings to assess which universities are most aligned to their values and explore lesser-known institutions making a commitment to real change

The Times Higher Education Impact Rankings assess universities against the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The rankings, which started in 2019, have seen growing numbers of universities across the globe participating. Their evaluation criteria explore the research, stewardship, outreach and teaching universities are conducting to support the SDGs.

The rankings have also helped universities expand their market reach, while contributing to social change and policy support. But why does an Impact Ranking matter to a student?

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