An Odd New League Table – the Great Space Race

A League Table Based on Dropbox Use

Not certain this will catch on. It’s a league table of universities based on the number of Dropbox users.


The United Kingdom rankings look like this (the number of “space racers” is, I assume, the number of Dropbox users who have signed up with a email address):


1 University of Oxford 2,682 5,536 points

2 University of Cambridge 2,499 5,291 points

3 Imperial College London 2,193 4,799 points

4 University College London 1,945 4,123 points

5 University of Southampton 1,599 3,401 points

6 University of Edinburgh 1,363 2,869 points

7 University of Warwick 971 2,109 points

8 University of Manchester 827 1,821 points

9 University of Nottingham 787 1,723 points

10 London School of Economics and Political Science 837 1,667 points

It seems that the ranking is based on number of users plus something else. A rather opaque methodology. Very little additional detail can be found on the  Dropbox Great Space Race! site. There do appear to be some benefits in terms of additional storage space for universities which score highly.

Will it take off? Time will tell. (With thanks to David Simpson @dvdsmpsn for the spot.)


Best apps for university administrators?

Which are the best apps for administrators?

This does presuppose that every university administrator is equipped with an iPad. Which is not necessarily the case. Anyway, if you are fortunate enough to be issued with an iPad in support of your administrative duties there are a number of key apps you will want to get hold of. Most of these are general productivity apps rather than higher education specific but nevertheless very useful in my view. So, these are my favourites:



One of my most used and most useful apps. I use it for note taking in most meetings and for recording all sorts of notes and clippings from web pages. It synchronises across iPad, desktop and iPhone and I really find it thoroughly indispensible.

And it’s free.

The simplest way to share files. Just very straightforward.



An essential, obviously, for the tweeting administrator (although not to be used in meetings).



A straightforward but also rather feature-rich word processing app which does cope with and enable export of Word documents. Transferring files does require a little effort but worth it.



iAnnotate PDF

A really useful app which I use for most meeting papers – enables you to scribble, highlight and add typed notes to pdfs. Very handy.




Simple, straightforward to do list with no frills.




Er, for reading books. Occasionally even higher education related ones.



Plus a couple of others:

UKHE stats

A very handy summary of some HESA data – total student numbers in the sector, by country and by institution broken down by student type.




A really lovely app which is effectively a personalised, custom-built on-line magazine.




Heaps of podcasts and videos from lots of different institutions and covering many disciplines.



Are there other apps you use which are useful for the university administrator with an iPad?