University League Tables 2013 - what does it all mean?
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The complete University League Table has been released for 2013, with a few noticeable changes from 2012. Oxford, formerly number one in 2011, has dropped to third, breaking the chain of an Oxbridge top two which has been the status quo for years. Cambridge has held on to the top spot, with The London School of Economics (LSE) coming second. The majority of the Russell Group universities remain the same, such as Bath, ranking at number 10, Bristol at 11, and York at 12. Imperial College London is at 4, Durham at 5, and with Warwick and St Andrews drawn at 6. The rankings are assessed on entry standards, student satisfaction, graduate prospects and research/ resources, to give an overall score. Of entry standards Cambridge ranks the highest, but student satisfaction is a little more relative. Cambridge scores a 4.2 (maximum 5), as does Oxford, but Buckingham, which is ranked overall at number 55 on the League Table, scores a 4.4. The average score was 4.1, with Imperial scoring below the majority at 3.9, despite its high rank. It ranks second highest for graduate prospects (87.1). Other universities with high graduate prospects included LSE (1) University College London (3), Oxford, (4) and Kings College London (5). Interestingly, Loughborough had relatively low entry requirements by comparison to other highly ranked universities, at number 14. Asides the official league table, other compilations have been put together to make a picture of UK universities.
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