This kind of thing really shouldn’t be given any airtime
Yes, sad to say it is the ‘University Drinking League’. Fortunately it does not deserve to be taken at all seriously given that it is simply self-reported consumption by students.
Being the responsible folks that we are we would never stoop to making lazy generalisations, so you can decide whether or not you’re surprised to find Queen’s University Belfast sitting top of the pile – with each student drinking a headache-inducing 27.3 units per week.
The uni in second place – Heriot-Watt – also came second in this year’s University Sex League, suggesting that its students have found more than a couple of ways to keep out the cold during the harsh Scottish winter.
The top three is rounded off with Bath Spa (who came in 4th place in the 2011 drinking league), whilst at the other end of the table we find Wolverhampton, Glasgow and Robert Gorden Uni propping things up – with the latter having an average of just 11 units per student per week.
|Average units drunk per student per week|
|1||Queen’s University Belfast||27.3|
|3||Bath Spa University||26.3|
|4||University of Hull||26.1|
|5||Sheffield Hallam University||24.5|
|6||University of Strathclyde||24.3|
|7||University of Wales Institute, Cardiff||23.9|
|8||Nottingham Trent University||23.8|
|9||University College London||23.1|
|10||University of Manchester||22.7|
|12||University of Aberdeen||22.5|
|13||University of Leeds||22.3|
|14||University of Edinburgh||22.1|
|15||Manchester Metropolitan University||21.6|
|17||University of Liverpool||20.8|
|18||University of Glamorgan||20.7|
|19||University of Plymouth||20.6|
|20||University of York||20.5|
And as if that wasn’t bad enough, from the same source we have the ‘University Sex League 2012 where self-reporting is likely to be even less reliable than with alcohol consumption:
After the University of Glamorgan topped the list last year, the Welsh domination of the bedroom continues as Bangor University find themselves in pole position with 8.31 sexual partners per student. Llongyfarchiadau! (That’s Welsh for ‘congrats’, by the way.)
The former table-toppers have slipped to 15th, whilst their neighbours Aberystwyth Uni find themselves in the top five for the second consecutive year.
At the other end of the spectrum it would seem that The Only Way is No-Sex, with The University of Essex propping up the rest of the table with just 1.15 sexual partners per student.
|Rank||University||Average number of sexual partners since starting uni*|
|3||University of Plymouth||5.75|
|4||Liverpool John Moores University||5.48|
|6||Manchester Metropolitan University||5.31|
|9||Sheffield Hallam University||4.89|
|11||University of Wolverhampton||4.86|
|14||Edge Hill University||4.7|
|15||University of Glamorgan||4.67|
|16||University of Huddersfield||4.66|
|17||University of Cambridge||4.62|
|18||University of Exeter||4.59|
|19||University of Portsmouth||4.53|
|20||University of Wales Institute, Cardiff||4.52|
No doubt the Guardian, Times, THE and QS will be reconsidering their criteria with some urgency…