League Tables

Over the past two decades, there has been growing interest in the use of league tables to measure HE institutions' quality or performance in compariosn to their peers.

UK League Tables

There are now three main domestic league tables in the UK: Since 2013 The Times and Sunday Times have published a combined guide, using the methodology of the previous Times league table, called the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide (GUG)

The first league table in the 2015 publication year is the Complete University Guide. It was published in April 2015 and saw Exeter maintain its 10th place ranking. Exeter also climbed 3 places in the Guardian league table to reach 9th place in 2015, placing us firmly within the Top 10. The next Good University Guide leauge table will be published in late September 2015.

The table and chart below shows the University's progress towards the Top 10 over the last decade:


Following Exeter’s improvement in the 2013 league table publications, 2014 has seen Exeter maintain its places as 10th in the Complete Guide, and 12th in the Guardian Guide, whilst rising one place to 7th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide. Many of the measures used to determine rankings are consistent across the league tables. The highest performing metrics for Exeter include Completion (drop-out rates), Teaching, Student Satisfaction and Good Honours. Performance is also relatively high in other metrics although there is still room for further improvement, particularly with Student to Staff Ratios and Entry Standards. More detailed explanations can be found in the analysis documents in the table below.


World League Tables

Unlike the UK domestic league tables, the various world ranking systems do not have acess to consistent, international sources of data about the range of activities universities undertake.

For this reason, it is difficult to compare the various methodologies of the three global league table rankings shown in the table and chart below. An individual institution may rank very differently in the three rankings, due to the method of data acquisition used, or the weighting given to each aspect of the data.