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The Spotted History of the NSS

Started in 2005, the National Student Survey (NSS) is a yearly national study aimed at final year undergraduate students with the aim to gather students’ views on their courses. Whilst it remains a key source of data on student opinion, to say it is without flaw would be misguided. From its links to the controversial […]

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University league tables are not perfect guides for students

The 2018 league tables are out and Edinburgh ranks 30th in the UK (The Guardian) and 29th in the world (The Times Higher Education). Confused? Me too. The tables vary each year, with surprising additions to the top ten one year and others dropping down to the top fifty another. Look online and you will […]

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League tables are inappropriate for the complexity of choosing a university

Each year millions of university hopefuls are plagued with the same question: which university will be the best fit for their character, calibre, and aspirations? The majority will scour the web for those all-important, omniscient university league tables, yet this chosen medium of adjudication is both problematic and reductive on a number of levels, leading […]

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University league tables are a valid marker of credibility

The yearly ritual of analysing university league tables is shared between past, prospective, and current students alike. Each year a series of rankings are released, quantifying our university’s merits and punishing its shortcomings. While the big two, Times Higher Education and QS World Rankings, take the cake for the most respected leaderboards, more comprehensive tables […]