27 April 2017

The Complete Universities Guide is a ranking of British universities based on sources in the public domain, including the National Student Survey, the Higher Education Statistics Agencyand the Research Excellence Framework (REF), and occasionally from universities themselves. The ranking is basically an attempt to measure quality from the viewpoint of students. There are ten indicators:

  • Entry standards based on examination results
  • Student satisfaction based on data from the National Student Survey
  • Research quality derived from the 2014 REF
  • Graduate prospects based on the employability of graduates
  • Research intensity, that is the proportion of staff active in research
  • Staff- student ratio
  • Spending per student on academic services.
  • Spending on facilities
  • Number of students getting first or upper second class degrees
  • Completion rate of first degree graduates.

The top five universities this year are:

  1. University of Cambridge
  2. University of Oxford
  3. St Andrew’s University
  4. London School of economics
  5. Imperial College London.

The top universities for each criterion are:

Entry standards; University of Cambridge

Student satisfaction University of Buckingham

Research quality; Imperial College London

Research intensity; University of Cambridge

Graduate prospects; St George’s, University of London

Student-staff ratio; University of Oxford

Academic services; Middlesex University

Facilities; Harper Adams University

Good honours degrees; University of Oxford.

Degree completion; University of Cambridge.

At the top of these rankings there was little change from last year. Further down there was a lot of churning. For example, Nottingham Trent University rose 11 places to 52nd and Liverpool Hope University 25 places to 58th while the University of Aston and Norwich University of the Arts fell 19 and 18 places respectively.

The Complete University Guide






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The 4th International Workshop on UI GreenMetric World University Rankings (IWGM)

UI GreenMetric World University Rankings is pleased to hold The 4th International Workshop on UI GreenMetric (IWGM) in collaboration with Universitas Diponegoro on 8-10 April 2018. The venue for the event will be in Universitas Diponegoro, Tembalang, Semarang, Indonesia.

This year’s International Workshop on UI GreenMetric will address the theme of “Universities, Impacts and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)” and provide the forum to share the best practices in creating a sustainable condition in universities. The attendees will be senior officers (rectors, vice-rectors, sustainability directors, deans, directors, respectful professors) from participating universities which have shown outstanding performance in 2018 UI GreenMetric World University Rankings, environment experts, student leaders and other participants The workshop is expected to offer a platform for exchanging information and cooperation in dealing with sustainability issues.

ESCP Honorary doctorate for Prof. Andrzej Kozminski

Prof. Andrzej K. Kozminski, President of Kozminski University has been awarded an honorary doctorate by ESCP Europe, the oldest business school in Europe. The ceremony took place on Dec 8, 2017, at Palais des Congrès in Paris, during the graduation ceremony of the Class 2017 at ESCP Europe in the presence of many distinguished guests, including Tomasz Mlynarski, Polish ambassador to France.

Prof. Kozminski is an economist, sociologist, and the best-known management scholar in Poland. His academic credentials are best described by the following numbers: 4681 quotations, and Hirsch index of 27. In 1993 he established Kozminski University, and served as its rector (1993-2011), and since 2011 he’s been the president of the university.

Polish universities in a global perspective

Research universities, initiatives of excellence, international and national rankings, accreditations, innovativeness of higher education were the topics of the second conference “Polish universities in the global perspective - Rankings and strategic management of a university ", held in Warsaw 27-28 November 2017. Over 160 participants rectors, vice rectors and directors of international offices took part in the conference, organized jointly by Conference of Rectors of Academic Schools in Poland (CRASP), Polish Accreditation Committee (PKA) and Perspektywy Education Foundation. Jarosław Gowin,Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Science and Higher Education extended his patronage over the conference.

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