The Guardian League Tables
Mayfield Consultants have been compiling league tables since 1995 and, early on, recognised the potential of a dedicated web-based university guide. The Complete University Guide was launched in 2007 in partnership with Constable & Robinson, independent publisher since 1795.
The advantages of the web are obvious and all of the compilers are now strongly developing their own sites. The tables can be interactive and are put into perspective by surrounding text thus allowing users to generate their own bespoke tables based on their individual preferences.
The Guardian University Guide (compiled by Intelligent Metrix) is available online and remains free to access. A basic tenet of The Complete University Guide from its inception is that there should be no cost to the user. There is ample evidence to suggest that buyers of guide books are skewed towards the higher socio-economic groups. In summary, there are a variety of ways to access university league tables but they are not uniform and certainly not all commercial.
Measures used in the Guardian league tables
|Measures||The Complete University Guide||The Guardian|
|Spend in academic departments||✓|
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|Good honours degrees||✓|