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.
|Nobel Laureates (staff)||20%|
|Papers published in Science or Nature||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.
|Citations on papers published, per academic||20%|
Times Higher World Rankings
The Times Higher World Rankings looks at a range of measures across teaching and research.
|Papers published per academic||6%|
|PhDs per academic||6%|
|Staff student ratio||4.5%|
|Research income from industry||2.5%|
|Income per academic||2.25%|
|PhDs per undergraduate||2.25%|
US News Best Global Universities
|Number of papers in the top 10%||
|% of papers in the top 10%||
Citations on papers published, per academic
PhDs per academic
Number of doctorates awarded
The Leiden Ranking focuses on research output and collaboration. Its measures:
- papers published
- articles cited
- international co-authors
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 Guide||Times/Sunday Times||The Guardian|
|Academic services spend||0.1|
|Services and facilities spend||0.1|
|Expenditure per student||0.15|
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