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LSBU ranks in top 200 universities globally for social impact

LSBU ranked among top universities for reducing inequalities in new impact rankings released this week
05 April 2019

In the first ever Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings, released this week, London South Bank University has been ranked in the top 200 in the world for social impact, in a new world rankings survey based on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). LSBU also ranked 4th out of 18 in the UK and 24th globally for SDG 10 Reduced Inequalities.

The ranking focuses on universities’ research on social inequalities, their policies on discrimination and their commitment to recruiting staff and students from under-represented groups. LSBU also ranked in the top 200 for Quality Education (SDG 4) and Good Health (SDG 3).

LSBU’s core focus is on achieving social impact through applied education, and the University actively recruits a diverse and dynamic mix of students from a range of backgrounds and different walks of life. Founded as the Borough Polytechnic Institute in 1892 with the aim of providing accessible opportunities to the people of South London, raising their aspirations, improving their employment prospects and advancing local businesses, it remains true to this vision 127 year later.

LSBU has a strong track record of success, and students are able to go on to achieve extraordinary careers. We are in the top four universities in the country for graduate outcomes and in the top 10 for graduate starting salaries. LSBU has also been named ‘University of the Year for Graduate Employment’ two years in a row.

The Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings is the world’s first global attempt to document evidence of universities’ impact on society, rather than just research and teaching performance. More than 500 institutions from 75 countries across six continents took part in the new rankings, which measure the global higher education sector’s success in delivering the United Nations’ SDGs. The rankings cover three main areas: research, outreach, and stewardship.

Professor David Phoenix, Vice Chancellor of London South Bank University, said:

“I’m pleased to see LSBU has been recognised for our impact on reducing inequality through education and applied research which addresses real world issues. This is a testament to the amazing work of our staff and students, and it shows that it is possible to have both local community impact and global influence.

“Tackling economic and social inequality and providing opportunities to those students who otherwise would not have them is at the heart of what we do here at LSBU. We strive to do what we can to level the field for our students and create an aspirational and skilled workforce for employers.”

The full rankings can be seen at