In response to the Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings 2014, Dr Jo Beall, British Council Director of Education and Society, said:
“These reputational rankings, as well as signalling a shift towards leading institutions becoming strong global brands in their own right, are also a reflection of a country's policies for and investment in higher education and research. As international competition for the most ambitious students and sought-after researchers grows, the most successful academic communities will be those that have the strongest international make-up; that are able to welcome and embrace talent regardless of where it originates. It becomes a virtuous circle.
“National winners and losers in institutional terms depend hugely on the environment to attract the appropriate academics, so while it is pleasing that the UK still hosts the second highest number of universities in the global top one hundred, it is vital that all of our institutions are able to enjoy the full support of government in being able to attract and nurture the best talent from around the world. This will enhance not just the reputation of our institutions, but the UK as a whole.”