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:
- University of Cambridge
- University of Oxford
- St Andrew’s University
- London School of economics
- 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.