Times and Sunday Times 2015 University League Table Top Placings

The Times and Sunday Times League Table 2015

A quick look at the top 25 in the all new Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide ranking for 2015. Full details can be found on the Sunday Times website (£). (Last year’s position in brackets.)

1= (1) Cambridge
1= (2) Oxford
3 (4) St Andrews
4 (5) Imperial
5 (3) LSE
6 (6) Durham
7 (8) Exeterrankings
8 (10) Warwick
9 (9) UCL
10 (7) Bath
11 (12=) Surrey
12 (12=) Lancaster
13 (21) Loughborough
14 (17) UEA
15 (16) Birmingham
16 (11) York
17 (29) Leeds
18 (20) Southampton
19 (15) Bristol
20 (14) Leicester
21 (18) Sheffield
22= (23) Nottingham
22= (18) Newcastle
22= (22) Edinburgh
25 (32) Sussex

This may be the first time there has been a tie for first place and it would, of course, be Oxford and Cambridge inseparable at the top of the table.

Warwick is the ‘University of the Year’.

Full details of the table including subject rankings were published in the Sunday Times on 21 September.

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Times and Sunday Times 2014 University League Table Top 20 Placings

The Times and Sunday Times League Table 2014

A quick look at the top 20 in the all new combined Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide ranking for 2014. Full details can be found on the Sunday Times website (£).

1 Cambridge
2 Oxford
3 LSE
4 St Andrews
5 Imperial
6 Durhamrankings
7 Bath
8 Exeter
9 UCL
10 Warwick
11 York
12= Lancaster
12= Surrey
14 Leicester
15 Bristol
16 Birmingham
17 UEA
18= Newcastle
18= Sheffield
20 Southampton

(University of Nottingham appears just outside the top 20 in 23rd place)
Birmingham is the ‘University of the Year’.

Full details of the table were published on 22 September. The methodology for the new combined table is summarised as follows:

The information regarding research quality was sourced from the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, a peer review exercise to evaluate the quality of research in UK higher education institutions undertaken by the UK higher education funding bodies.
Entry standards, student-staff ratios, services and facilities spend, completion rates, Firsts and 2:1s and graduate prospects data were supplied by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (Hesa) which provides a system of data collection, analysis, and dissemination in relation to higher education in the whole of the United Kingdom. The original sources of data for these measures are data returns made by the universities themselves to Hesa.
The provision of the data by the above sources does not necessarily imply agreement with the data transformation and construction of the table. Universities were provided with sets of their own Hesa data, which form the basis of the table, in advance of publication and were offered the opportunity to check the information. Some universities supplied replacement corrected data.
In building the table, scores for student satisfaction and research quality were weighted by 1.5; all other indicators were weighted by 1. The indicators were combined using a z-score transformation and the totals were transformed to a scale with 1000 for the top score. For entry standards, student-staff ratios, First and 2:1s and graduate prospects the score was adjusted for subject mix.
So, looks a bit more like the Times than the old Sunday Times methodology.

The Times: 2013 University League Table

2013 University Rankings published by The Times

The new Times league table is out and has been published here. There is though very little to get excited about in the Top 20 with hardly any movement and only one new entry (Glasgow) and one drop out (Sheffield). University of Nottingham drops four places to where it was in 2011 but remains in the Top 20 (just).

Last year’s position in brackets:

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

The full table can be found in The Times Good University Guide or you can buy the book.  Also on the website you can find the subject tables.

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).

The Times: 2011 University League Table

2011 University Rankings published by The Times

Not huge changes here with the exception of the remarkable jump by Lancaster, up from outside the top 20 to a top 10 slot. Not entirely clear from the data why this should be.

1 Oxford (1)
2 Cambridge (2)
3 Imperial College (3)
4 St Andrews (4)
5 London School of Economics (7)
6 Durham (8)
7 University College London (5)
8 Warwick (6)
9 York (11)
10 Lancaster (23)
11 Edinburgh (14)
12 Exeter (9)
13 Bath (13)
14 Bristol (10)
15 Leicester (15=)
=16 Loughborough (17)
=16 King’s College London (12)
18 Sheffield (18)
19 Southampton (15=)
20 Nottingham (20)

Make up of the top 20 though is pretty similar to last week’s table in The Independent with one notable exception: there is no place in The Times for the University of Buckingham.

In the subject tables, Oxbridge is, as usual, dominant but there is more to say here:

But excellence in specific subjects is not confined to these old universities. Campus universities created in the 1960s are well represented. Indeed, Warwick and Loughborough lead more tables (three each) than any university outside Oxbridge. Loughborough is ahead of the field in its speciality of sports science, as well as in building and librarianship.Warwick is top for American studies, communication and media studies and drama, dance and cinematics. Nottingham is the only other university to top more than one table, sharing the lead in agriculture with Reading and also heading the ranking for pharmacy.

Full details and subject league tables are available via The Times Good University Guide. Unfortunately, in order to get to them you have to sign up to the new Times website.

The Times: 2010 University League Table

Latest UK university league table has been published by The Times (last year’s ranking in brackets):

1 Oxford (1)
2 Cambridge (2)
3 Imperial College (3)
4 St Andrews (5)
5 University College London (7)
6 Warwick (6)
7 London School of Economics (4)
8 Durham (8)
9 Exeter (13)
10 Bristol (10)
11 York (9)
12 King’s College London (11)
13 Bath (15)
14 Edinburgh (18)
15 Leicester (14)
15 Southampton (16=)
17 Loughborough (12)
18 Sheffield (22)
19 Glasgow (20=)
20 Nottingham (16=)

Not a huge amount of movement since 2009 with the Top 20 largely unchanged although the press release draws attention to some modest changes:

The biggest climbers at the top of the table include Liverpool (up from 34 to 28), Leeds (from 31 to 27), Sheffield (from 22 to 18), Edinburgh (from 18 to 14) and Exeter (from 13 to nine). Lower down the tables, big climbers include Cumbria (from 99 to 83), Hertfordshire (from 79 to 66), York St John (from 91 to 80) and De Montfort (from 77 to 67), Bedfordshire (from 89 to 71), Lincoln (from 103 to 86) and UWIC Cardiff (from 85 to 76)

The strict demarcation line between pre- and post-92 institutions seems to remain as strong as ever though with no newer universities making it into the top 50. A very different picture to the recent Guardian table.

New Indy University League Table

New league table from the Independent

(It appears that the authors of the Good University Guide (previously with the Times) have found a new home.)

Some quite large movers in (and out) of the top 20:

Significant risers include SOAS, up 15 places to 9th this year; Lancaster, up 9 places to 10th; Glasgow up 14 places to joint 16th; Leicester, up 8 places to 12th. Bristol drops 9 places to joint 16th; Aston drops 11 places to 23rd; Royal Holloway drops 9 places to 22nd.

Full top 20 (with last year’s rank in brackets) as follows:
1 (2) – Oxford
2 (1) – Cambridge
3= (4) – LSE
3= (3) – Imperial
5 (8th) – Warwick
6 (10) – Durham
7 (5) – St Andrews
8 (6) – UCL
9 (24) – SOAS
10 (19) – Lancaster
11 (14)- York
12 (20) – Leicester
13 (11) – Loughborough
14 (9) – Bath
15 (17) – King’s College London
16= (14) – Nottingham
16= (7) – Bristol
16= (30) – Glasgow
19 (17) – Exeter
20 (20) – Southampton

(with acknowledgments to Tim Utton, Communications, for doing the sums)