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Methodology

Where do the data come from?

All the data come from sources in the public domain:

What are the measures that we use?

Entry Standards (maximum score n/a)

What is it? 

Where does it come from? 

How does it work? 

What should you look out for? 

Student Satisfaction (maximum score 5.00)

What is it?

Where does it come from? 

How does it work? 

What should you look out for? 

Research Assessment (maximum score 4.00)

What is it? 

Where does it come from? 

How does it work? 

What should you look out for?

Research Intensity (maximum score 1.00)

What is it? 

Where does it come from? 

How does it work? 

What should you look out for? 

Graduate Prospects (maximum score 100.0)

What is it? 

Where does it come from? 

How does it work? 

What should you look out for? 

Student–Staff Ratio (maximum score n/a)

What is it? 

Where does it come from? 

How does it work? 

What should you look out for? 

Academic Services Spend (maximum score n/a)

What is it? 

Where does it come from?

How does it work?

What should you look out for?

Facilities Spend (maximum score n/a)

What is it? 

Where does it come from? 

How does it work? 

What should you look out for? 

Good Honours (maximum score 100.0)

What is it? 

Where does it come from? 

How does it work? 

What should you look out for? 

Degree Completion (maximum score 100.0)

What is it? 

Where does it come from? 

How does it work? 

What should you look out for? 

Summary of measures

Measure

Data Source

Years

Subject Mix Adjustment?

Weight

Entry standards

HESA

2014–15

Yes

1.0

Student satisfaction

NSS

2015

Yes

1.5

Research assessment

REF

2014

 

1.0

Research intensity

HESA

2013

 

0.5

Graduate prospects

HESA

2013–14

 Yes 1.0

Student-staff ratio

HESA

2014–15

Yes

1.0

Academic services spend

HESA

2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15

 

0.5

Facilities spend

HESA

2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15

 

0.5

Good honours

HESA

2014–15

Yes

1.0

Degree completion

HESA

2013–14, 2014–15

 

1.0

How do we compile the tables?

The main League Table measures ten key aspects of university activity using the most recent data available at the time of compilation. 

Summary of the 2017 League Table scores

 

Entry Standards

Student Satisfaction

Research Quality

Research Intensity

Graduate Prospects

Student– Staff Ratio

Academic Services Spend

Facilities Spend

Good Honours Degree Completion

Mean

353.50

4.09

2.70

0.47

68.86

16.10

1369

564

71.61

86.29

Max

599.80

4.36

3.36

0.95

93.41

25.11

3326

1341

92.43

98.60

Min

234.30

3.89

1.40

0.07

45.23

9.56

421

129

50.45

70.98

The measures for the Subject Tables are the same as for the main University League Table, except that only five measures are used: Student Satisfaction, Research Quality, Research Intensity, Entry Standards and Graduate Prospects.

Arts, Drama and Music Institutions

Summary of the 2017 Arts, Drama and Music Institutions Table scores

 

Entry Standards

Student Satisfaction

Research Quality

Research Intensity

Graduate Prospects

Student– Staff Ratio

Academic Services Spend

Facilities Spend

Good Honours Degree Completion

Mean

350.41

4.09

2.85

0.46

76.51

12.61

1300

223

83.98

92.86

Max

470.20

4.30

3.49

0.96

97.78

30.94

4184

826

100.00

100.00

Min

279.70

3.81

2.29

0.15

51.55

7.85

0

0

65.59

85.76

How do we ensure the tables are accurate?

Each university was provided with complete sets of its own HESA data well in advance of publication. 

Notes

Main University table

Arts, Drama and Music Institutions table

Similarly, we consulted the universities on methodology. Once a year an Advisory Group with university experts meets to discuss the methodology and how it can be improved.

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