Press Release

Willis Research Network partners lead university rankings

September 14, 2017
| United Kingdom

LONDON, 14 September 2017 — Willis Research Network, the research arm of the leading global advisory, broking and solutions company, Willis Towers Watson, is proud to have its partners heavily featured in the top university rankings.

Willis Research Network works with more than 50 partner institutions to fund research and foster long-term relationships. Through these relationships, Willis Research Network delivers research into business for Willis Towers Watson and its clients to enhance the collective ability to understand, evaluate and manage evolving and emerging risks.

Respected research and media organizations such as the QS World University Rankings and the Times Higher Education World University Rankings produce annual university rankings. In the recent 2017 publications, Willis Research Network partners continue to feature heavily in the top 20 on both surveys. With six of the top ten institutions being Willis Research Network partners, including several UK leading universities.

Rowan Douglas, chairman of Willis Research Network said: “It is a great pleasure to see Willis Research Network partners excelling in these recent rankings amongst the most prestigious global universities and delighted that our contributions are supporting such insightful research. Willis Research Network will continue support to science to improve insurance sector models, methodologies and transactions for the improved resilience of exposed assets and communities.”

University College London (UCL) was one of the partners of Willis Research Network who performed impressively in the university rankings. Professor Tiziana Rossetto, director of UCL EPICentre, an interdisciplinary center for natural hazards resilience said: “At EPICentre we are very proud of this achievement that recognizes the strong disciplinary expertise and leadership in interdisciplinary research that is promoted by UCL. We value Willis Research Network for providing an international network and forum for our interdisciplinary research into natural hazard resilience.”

About Willis Research Network

Willis Research Network is an award-winning collaboration between academia and the finance and insurance industries. Since it was founded in 2006, Willis Research Network has explored ways in which the world’s leading research organisations can help confront the challenges of managing risk and delivering resilience for our industry, providing transmission a mechanism for delivering research impact into the global (re)insurance industry. Through Willis Research Network, Willis Towers Watson has teamed up with more than 50 world-leading institutions pioneering science and new analytical approaches to traditional problems of greatest relevance to our clients and our industry. Learn more at

About Willis Towers Watson

Willis Towers Watson (NASDAQ: WLTW) is a leading global advisory, broking and solutions company that helps clients around the world turn risk into a path for growth. With roots dating to 1828, Willis Towers Watson has 40,000 employees serving more than 140 countries. We design and deliver solutions that manage risk, optimize benefits, cultivate talent, and expand the power of capital to protect and strengthen institutions and individuals. Our unique perspective allows us to see the critical intersections between talent, assets and ideas — the dynamic formula that drives business performance. Together, we unlock potential.