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.

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 2016 publication year is the Complete University Guide. It was published in April 2016 with Exeter ranking 13th overall. Exeter currently ranks 11th in the Guardian league table 2016 and in The Times GUG published in September Exeter maintained its top 10 ranking with a joint 9th position.

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


2016 UK league table (table)

2016 UK league Table chart

Exeter has maintained strong positions in all 3 UK League Tables in 2016 with its best performance being in the Times GUG with an overall joint 9th 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, particularly with Student to Staff Ratios and graduate prospects. More detailed explanations can be found in the analysis documents on the UK league tables page.


World 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. 

2016 Global league tables table

2016 global chart

Exeter has risen in rank in the global league tables over the last 5 years. We are now ranked within the Top 1% 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.