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 comparison to their peers.

A new HEPI report explaining the mysteries of University rankings can be found here

UK League Tables

There are 3 main domestic league tables in the UK.

The table and chart below shows the University's performance over the last 13 years:


After a period of steady growth over the last 10 years, performance has begun to tail off in the last few years. This is largely due to other institutions improving at a quicker rate than us. Exeter has continued to improve in almost all metrics, but other institutions are improving by more in some of the key indicators, which has impacted our ranking.

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), Student Satisfaction and Good Honours. Performance is also relatively high in other metrics such as Entry Standards although there is still room for further improvement in metrics such as Student Staff Ratios (SSRs) and Graduate Prospects. More detailed explanations can be found in the analysis documents on the UK league tables page.


International League Tables

Unlike the UK domestic league tables, the various world ranking systems do not have access 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. 

Exeter has risen in rank in the global league tables over the last 5 years. We are ranked within the Top 150 for the THE World University Rankings, and within the Top 50 for the Leiden. QS is the league table where we score lowest due to the high weighting of the reputation surveys.