During the league table publication year of 2013, Exeter climbed three places to 10th in the Complete University Guide, two places to 8th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide and ranked 12th (a two place drop) in the Guardian Guide.
Exeter dropped two places in the Guardian University Guide 2014. Despite improving scores in seven out of the eight league table indicators, Exeter has dropped 12 ranking places in the Value Added metric. It is believed that this is due to an improvement in tariff which has narrowed the gap between quality of intake and attainment (degree classification).
University league tables rank institutions and subject areas using a variety of criteria including entry standards, research assessment, student/staff ratio, drop-out rate, student satisfaction, degree classifications, graduate destinations and spend per FTE. Each publication uses its own methodology which means that institutional ranks can differ between league tables. The Strategic Planning team analyse the various league tables in order to understand their methodology and to identify the reasons for any changes in Exeter's position. Detailed analysis of the main domestic and international league tables is available below.
|Complete University Guide||10th||13th||15th||23rd||19th*||19th||-||-||-||-|
*From 2013 The Times and Sunday Times published a combined guide using the methodology of the Times league table called the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide (GUG).
Following Exeter's improvement in the 2012 league table publications, 2013 has seen a further 3 places gained and top 10 attainment in the Complete Guide, a two place gain (to 8th) in the combined Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide and a two place drop in the Guardian. 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. More detailed explanations can be found in the analysis documents in the table below.
League Table Analysis