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Global recognition for mathematicians at University


Mathematicians at the University of Wolverhampton have been ranked number one in the world for their research. 

They were officially placed 1st in the world for the average quality of their research in the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), also known as Shanghai Ranking, published this week.

The research was done by the Statistical Cybermetrics Research Group and is categorised as Library & Information Science in the Shanghai Rankings.

The Shanghai Ranking also includes a combined ranking that includes three size-related measures, placing Wolverhampton 19th overall in the world, and highest in the UK, for this.

Professor of Information Science Mike Thelwall, an internationally-renowned researcher in cybermetrics, runs the Statistical Cybermetrics Research Group, Research Institute of Information and Language Processing (RIILP).

He said: “We are very proud to be ranked as number one in the world, which reflects the hard work and innovative research of our small but dedicated team.

“We use our mathematical skills to solve varied and interesting problems within information science. One day we are running a maths-driven lightshow on top of the Empire State Building and the next we are advising the United Nations on the online impact on their publications. The common factor is the mathematics of information.”

The ARWU is the world’s oldest university ranking system and is regarded as one of the three most influential and widely observed university measures.

Professor Thelwall ‘s research involves identifying and analysing web phenomena using quantitative-led research methods. He has developed a wide range of tools for gathering and analysing web data, including hyperlink analysis, sentiment analysis and content analysis for Twitter, YouTube, MySpace, blogs and the web in general.



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Date Issued: Thursday 13th July 2017

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