By not very popular demand: it’s the top Registrarism posts of 2013

Well, it’s been a busy old year.

Following the incredibly innovative post pretty similar to this last year I thought I would repeat this highly efficient means of listing previous postings. Yes, it’s the list of the most viewed Registrarism posts of 2012 2013! Here we go then…it’s rankings, rankings, China, rankings, MOOCs, my book, true crime, hobbits, leadership puppies, rankings and yet more rankings.

Let’s hope there’s a bit less league table enthusiasm next year. Unlikely though, which possibly explains why this blog continues to avoid the epithet ‘award-winning’.

Home page / Archives 17,887
Sunday Times 2013 University League Table Top 20 11,789
The Times: 2013 University League Table 5,322
The Times, Sunday Times, Guardian and Complete University Guide League Tables 2012-13 3,657
Times and Sunday Times 2014 University League Table Top 20 Placings 3,261
UK HE in China 2,125
Sunday Times 2012 University League Table 1,595
2014 Complete University Guide League Table 1,540
2013 Complete University Guide League Table 1,310
About Registrarism 1,290
Another World Ranking: High Impact Universities 1,246
The Times, Guardian and Complete University Guide League Tables 2012-13 1,215
Guardian League Table 2013: Ups and downs 1,148
The Times: 2012 University League Table 1,045
Why MOOCs won’t kill universities 1,029
THE World University Rankings 2013 696
Ranking in Latin America 681
Dangerous Medicine on Kindle 586
The Times: 2011 University League Table 563
True Crime on Campus §26: Best of 2012 537
RAE 2008: Results and rankings 487
Hobbit talk 485
Sustainability charts: UI GreenMetric World University Ranking 2012 482
The Imperfect University: what do we know about HE leadership? 469
THE World University Rankings 2012 421
New Guardian 2010 UK University League Table 389
Exam stress? Head for the puppy room 371
What about a university professional services NOOC? 356
Daft University Traditions 328
The Imperfect University: Free Information? 328
 

This post also signals a brief hiatus for the holiday period. Back with more tip top higher education posts in the new year. In the meantime, here’s a picture of some cure puppies:

puppies

Oh dear, it’s the top Registrarism posts of 2012

Possibly the least requested best of 2012 list

Given that everyone does this kind of thing at this time of year I thought I would join in this highly efficient means of listing previous postings. Yes, it’s the list of the most viewed Registrarism posts of 2012! Here we go then…it’s rankings, rankings, guns, pets, MOOCs, governance, rankings and yet more rankings all the way.

The Times: 2013 University League Table 22,674 views
Sunday Times 2012 University League Table 12,628
The Times: 2012 University League Table 10,654
Sunday Times 2013 University League Table Top 20 9,624
Ranking in Latin America 4,133
Pet Soundings 3,157
The Times, Sunday Times, Guardian and Complete University Guide League Tables 2011-12 3,085
The Times, Guardian and Complete University Guide League Tables 2012-13 2,274
2013 Complete University Guide League Table 2,166
Another World Ranking: High Impact Universities 2,113
More Guns on Campuses 1,817
LSE and Libya: The Woolf Inquiry 1,758
MOOCS: 12 Reasons for universities not to panic 1,591
The four UK University League Tables of 2011 1,545

Let’s hope there’s a bit more variety in 2013.

The Three World University League Tables of 2012/13

World University League Tables 2012/13

Following the publication of the THE world university rankings, we can put the three world league tables together, and in particular the UK placings, in a handy reference guide. They all offer their own unique take on world university placings.


Here they all are:


The Times Higher World University Rankings, including UK results.

QS World Rankings 2012 also with UK results.

Shanghai Jiao Tong World Rankings and UK placings too.

…all your world league table needs in one handy location.

One fascinating quirk of the world versus UK tables which demonstrates why caution is needed at all times when dealing with such data is that the University of Edinburgh appears higher in the world rankings in both the QS and Times Higher tables than it does in the recent domestic Sunday Times ranking (where it is 39th). Different indicators being used but it really does raise questions about the Sunday Times methodology.

The Times, Guardian and Complete University Guide League Tables 2012-13

The three most recent UK University League Tables

Given that searches for UK university league tables are among the most frequent reasons for visitors to the blog, particularly during Clearing, it seemed that another summary might come in useful. Three major league tables have been published during 2012 so far (Sunday Times is due next month) and all have previously been summarised here. As a handy reference guide, here they are:

The Complete University Guide 2013

The 2013 Guardian League Table

The Times 2013 University League Table

All your UK university league table needs in one location. Do handle with care though.

The Times, Sunday Times, Guardian and Complete University Guide League Tables 2011-12

The four most recent UK University League Tables

Given that searches for UK university league tables are among the most frequent reasons for visitors to the blog, it seemed that another summary might come in useful. Four major league tables were published during 2011 for those considering 2012 entry and all have previously been summarised here. As a handy reference guide, here they all are:

Sunday Times 2012 League Table

The Times 2012 League Table

The Guardian 2012 League Table

The Complete University Guide 2012 League Table

All your UK university league table needs in one location. Don’t take them too seriously though.

The Three World University League Tables of 2011/12

World University League Tables 2011/12

An earlier post provided links to all of the recently published UK league tables. Now, following the publication of the THE world university rankings, we can put the three world league tables together, and in particular the UK placings, in a handy reference guide.


Here they all are:


The Times Higher World University Rankings
, including UK results.

QS World Rankings 2011 UK results

Shanghai Jiao Tong World Rankings

All your world league table needs in one handy location. Do handle with care though.

THE World University Rankings 2012

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings are out

The last rankings of the season are now available from THE. Not yet done a comparison with last year but the top 20 looks like this:

    1 California Institute of Technology

    =2 Harvard University

    =2 Stanford University
    
4 University of Oxford
    
5 Princeton University

    6 University of Cambridge

    7 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    
8 Imperial College London

    9 University of Chicago

    10 University of California, Berkeley
    
11 Yale University

    12 Columbia University
    
13 University of California, Los Angeles

    14 Johns Hopkins University

    15 ETH Zürich
    
16 University of Pennsylvania

    17 University College London

    18 University of Michigan

    19 University of Toronto

    20 Cornell University

CalTech at number one is perhaps a surprise and, I think, the first time the have been at the top of the pile. Four UK universities in the top 20 which is a reasonably creditable result. Oxford above Cambridge, unlike the recent QS ranking.

More details of the methodology and regional and subject variations are available on the THE rankings site. Is it the ‘gold standard’ of rankings as is claimed? Time will tell.

UK rankings

As the following shows, there are 12 UK institutions in the top 100:






    4 University of Oxford
    
6 University of Cambridge
    
8 Imperial College London


    17 University College London


    36 University of Edinburgh
    

47 LSE
    

48 University of Manchester


    56 King’s College London
    

66 University of Bristol



    83 Durham University


    85 University of St Andrews


    99 University of Sussex





plus another 20 in the second 100

    101 University of Sheffield


    102 University of Glasgow
    

107 Royal Holloway
    

=121 University of York
    

=127 University of Southampton


    =127 Queen Mary
    

=131 Lancaster University


    133 University of Leeds


    140 University of Nottingham


    145 University of East Anglia


    =146 Newcastle University


    148 University of Birmingham

    149 Birkbeck
    =151 University of Aberdeen


    156 The University of Exeter
    

=157 University of Warwick
    

=164 University of Reading

    176 University of Dundee


    =181 University of Liverpool


    =197 University of Leicester

Perhaps some surprising results in there too? Plenty to keep people talking about here.

The four UK University League Tables of 2011

UK University League Tables 2011/12

Given the huge amount of traffic (OK, huge for me) to the site over the past week or so on UK league tables, I thought a summary might come in useful. Four league tables have been published during the current year for those considering 2012 entry and all have previously been summarised (top 20s at least) here. As a handy reference guide, here they all are:

Sunday Times 2012 League Table

The Times 2012 League Table

The Guardian 2012 League Table

The Complete University Guide 2012 League Table

All your league table needs in one handy location. Do handle with care though.

The Times: 2012 University League Table

2012 University Rankings published by The Times

The new Times league table is out and there are some interesting changes. Some shuffling in the middle of the table and a couple of high climbers and a drop out.

Last year’s position in brackets:

1 Oxford (1)
2 Cambridge (2)
3 LSE  (5)
4 Imperial (3)
5 UCL (7)
6 Durham (6)
6 St Andrews (4)
8 Warwick (8)
9 Lancaster (10)
10 Exeter (12)
11 York (9)
12 Bath (13)
13 Bristol (14)
14 Sussex (21)
15 Edinburgh (11)
16 Nottingham (20)
17 Sheffield (18)
17 Leicester (15)
19 Southampton (19)
20 Loughborough (16)

Perhaps the most interesting points here:

  • Lancaster, after a meteoric rise, seems to have consolidated its position in the top 10
  • Sussex has risen 21 places in two years to enter the top 20
  • Buckingham, appearing here for the first time, sits just outside the top group at 21
  • King’s College was 12th two years ago but has now dropped to 24th
  • Nottingham continues to make steady progress (particularly pleased about that)

The full table can be found in The Times Good University Guide or you can buy the book. Both will cost you. Also on the website you can find the Subject Tables (again you will need to subscribe for access).