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Accessing university league table data

Overview of university league table indicators and how to access data.

National league tables

League table performance is driven by the selection and weighting of a range of indicators.

There are three main national league tables that provide overall and subject rankings:

Much of the data for national league tables comes from HESA data returns. Typical indicators include:

  • student satisfaction
  • research quality
  • entry standards
  • graduate prospects
  • good honours or 1st and 2:1 degrees awarded
  • value added
  • spend per student
  • retention and completion rates
  • student-staff ratio

International league tables

There are also a number of international league tables such as the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and the QS World University Rankings. International rankings usually include academic reputation and citation indicators.

Peformance and access to data

Information on our league table performance is available on the rankings and reputation webpage. For further information on league table methodologies and access to data, please contact Graham Brooks


If you have any questions, please contact us.

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