Guardian University League Tables
The UK-based Guardian University League Tables unveiled this monday the 2014 edition, with University of Cambridge in the top for fourth time in a row.
These rankings aim to provide additional elements for students to decide which course fits more to their interests and their expected outcomes. Universities are ranked with a global score but students can browse and select universities regarding a concrete subject/course or some specific criteria.
The Guardian tables’ criteria focus on many fields, not only academic but also aspects of the university life that matter most to students. The rankings evaluate satisfaction with course, teaching and feedback, as well as organizational matters such as student-to-staff ratio, spending per student or average enrollment. Also, the career after 6 months from graduation is assessed, and a value-added score is calculated (i.e. qualifications upon entry are compared with the award that a student receives at the end of their studies). The tables have been compiled by Intelligent Metrix, an independent consultancy, and rankings are based on official data collected by the Higher Education Statistics Agency and on the National Student Survey.
Tables compiler Matt Hiely-Rayner, while commenting on universities climbing up and down rankings, states that Universities seeking for better results in the coming editions should identify their areas of weakness and concentrate on improving those according to their own internal analysis, not just what the league tables say.