UTS Law jumps 50 places to rank among world’s top 50
The UTS Faculty of Law is now ranked in the top 50 law schools in the world, climbing 50+ places in a global comparison of universities by subject.
UTS Law was ranked sixth top law school in Australia and 41st in the world in the 2016 release of the QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) World University Rankings by Subject.
The QS rankings by subject, established in 2011, reflect students’ desire to select institutions based on what they want to study, as opposed to where they want to study. The rankings are based on several indicators, including academic reputation, employer reputation, citations per paper, and a measurement of the productivity and impact of work published by university scholars.
The UTS Law Associate Dean, Teaching, Maxine Evers, said the result highlighted the Faculty’s growing international reputation.
“The QS ranking recognises UTS Law’s success in designing and delivering courses that equip graduates with the mix of knowledge and practical skills that is so highly valued by employers,” Ms Evers said.
“Our academics apply innovative methods to encourage our students’ abilities as critical thinkers who can collaborate and communicate at the highest professional level.”
The rise in ranking is a culmination of the Faculty’s key attributes, including uniqueness in teaching and academic research, as well as a focus on social justice – exemplified by the Brennan Justice & Leadership Program.
In 2015, the Faculty received three out of the nine Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project grants allocated for law, making it one of only two universities nationwide to receive more than one grant for law research.
“The Faculty has been producing excellent cutting-edge research for several years now,” said Professor Jenni Millbank, Acting Associate Dean, Research. “The latest QS rankings prove that research coming out of the Faculty is getting the attention it deserves. Reputations are always a few years behind work that is actually being done.”
The successfully funded ARC projects, awarded to academics Isabella Alexander, Thalia Anthony, Larissa Behrendt, Katherine Biber and Trish Luker, are diverse and innovative. They range in scope from examining the changing nature of documentary evidence in modern Australian litigation to investigating the experience of Indigenous women in local courts.
Professor Millbank, whose area of expertise spans family, gender, sexuality, reproduction and human rights law, believes UTS Law’s focus on equal opportunity is another drawcard.
“Our unique strengths are our commitment to social justice and to real world impact for our research,” she said. “We don’t just think things, we do them.”
Along with the Faculty’s success in the 2016 QS rankings, a recent study by QILT (Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching) found UTS Law graduates were the most satisfied law school graduates in Sydney. UTS Practical Legal Training (PLT) student Maree Selvaraj said the Faculty’s emphasis on practicality contributed to her employability and satisfaction as a graduate.
“When I compare my professional abilities as a graduate to colleagues from other universities, I know that everything I do right at work is entirely due to the Faculty’s heavy emphasis on practicality,”Ms Selvaraj said.
“I think that the most recent QS rankings reflect the fact that UTS is gaining prestige, and as a relatively young university, is trying to think outside of the box in learning style, delivery methods and degrees.”
Story by: Tess Gibney
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