Exciting new league table: 30 under six!

The 30 Universities making their names count

Following the outstanding success of the ‘100 under 50’ ranking in the Times Higher Education (a ranking which acknowledged that some universities didn’t enjoy all the advantages that hanging around for a couple of centuries or more bestowed in terms of league table performance) it seemed that it was about time there was recognition for those institutions which have done jolly well despite having really short names. So, a new ranking has been developed for those universities with very few letters to their name.

Using the core criteria from THE World Rankings mixed in with some unique UK indicators we get a fabulous result for British universities with no fewer than one third of the universities in the top 30 being from this country. Let’s have a look at those who are top in the short name stakes:

  1. Ulm
  2. Yale
  3. Duke
  4. Rice
  5. Lund
  6. Utah
  7. York
  8. Iowa
  9. Oslo
  10. Bath
  11. City
  12. Kent
  13. Hull
  14. Tokyo
  15. Brown
  16. Kyoto
  17. Emory
  18. Tufts
  19. Ghent
  20. Basel
  21. Osaka
  22. Leeds
  23. Seoul
  24. Essex
  25. Fudan
  26. Milan
  27. Padua
  28. Aston
  29. Keele
  30. Derby

The number one slot then is, perhaps unsuprisingly, taken by Ulm University. Located in Baden-Württemberg, Germany, Ulm University was founded in 1966. It chose its name wisely. Terrific results too for Hull, City, Bath, Essex, Aston, Keele and Derby Universities all of which have done well with four or five letter monikers.

Note that whilst complaints have been received about the methodology for this league table, from those who argued that it should be syllables rather than letter counts which matter to those who battled passionately for their acronyms to be regarded as their names (especially MIT, UCL, NUS, NYU, ANU and UEA) and also the legal team at Sciences Po, these have been set aside in order to maintain the essential arbitrariness of the core criteria.

I’m sure we can look forward to some more creative rankings.


10 thoughts on “Exciting new league table: 30 under six!

  1. I am shocked to see that Poppleton Modern University (PMU) did not make the Top 30 with six letters of fewer. Nice one Paul!

  2. Nice, but you’ve limited the amount of movement you’ll be able to build in each year. Maybe you could look at the vowel sounds: you could probably move Bath up or down a few places depending on whether it was said in a southern or northern accent.

  3. You’re just jealous because York has come top in the UK of another league table. Unfortunately we are 50 next year, alongwith 6 other English universities, so the UK’s performance in the under 50 table will plummet.

  4. Congratulations and well played to Ulm. Maybe next year we might take the glory, all to play for. Best wishes from all at the University of Cambridge

  5. Irish Universities are legally entitled to two names: Trinity College Dublin is also Dublin University, or Dublin according to your scheme. I hope to see it included next year.

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