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Popular League Tables

What the Popular League Tables Measure

World Rankings

Different league tables measure different things. Here we summarise what each of the world rankings measures and the weights each metric is assigned.

Academic Ranking of World Universities

The Academic Ranking of World Universities focuses on a series of research measures.

MetricWeighting
Nobel Laureates (staff) 20%
Papers published in Science or Nature 20%
Papers published 20%
Highly cited researchers 20%
Nobel Laureates (alumni) 10%
All of the above measures, per academic 10%

QS World University Rankings

The QS World University Rankings measures a range of student and staff metrics.

MetricWeighting
Academic reputation 40%
Citations on papers published, per academic 20%
Student:staff ratio 20%
Employer survey 10%
International students 5%
International staff 5%

Times Higher World Rankings

The Times Higher World Rankings looks at a range of measures across teaching and research.

MetricWeighting
Total citations 30%
Research reputation 18%
Teaching reputation 15%
Research income 6%
Papers published per academic 6%
PhDs per academic 6%
Staff student ratio 4.5%
International students 2.5%
International staff 2.5%
International co-authors 2.5%
Research income from industry 2.5%
Income per academic 2.25%
PhDs per undergraduate 2.25%

US News Best Global Universities

MetricWeighting
Global reputation 12.5%
Regional reputation

12.5%

Number of papers in the top 10%

12.5%

% of papers in the top 10%

10%

Citations on papers published, per academic

10%

Publications

10%

International co-authors

10%

Total citations

7.5%

PhDs per academic

5%

Number of doctorates awarded

5%

Books published

2.5%

Conferences

2.5%

Leiden Ranking

The Leiden Ranking focuses on research output and collaboration. Its measures:

  • papers published
  • articles cited
  • international co-authors

UK Rankings

Different league tables measure different things. Here we summarise what each of the UK rankings measures and the weights each metric is assigned.

 Complete Uni GuideTimes/Sunday TimesThe Guardian
Student survey 0.15 0.15 0.25
Student:staff ratio 0.1 0.1 0.15
Entry standards 0.1 0.1 0.15
Value added     0.15
Graduate prospects 0.1 0.1 0.15
Completion/drop out 0.1 0.1  
Good honours 0.1 0.1  
Research assessment 0.15 0.15  
Academic services spend 0.1    
Facilities spend 0.1    
Services and facilities spend   0.1  
Expenditure per student     0.15

Website Rankings

University websites are compared by the Webometrics ranking.

The Webometrics ranking looks at the performance of university websites. Its measures and weightings are:

  • 50% - quality of web presence
  • 20% - number of web pages hosted
  • 15% - rich files published on websites
  • 15% - papers published