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        choosing your university

         

        • University Affiliations

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          National Affiliations

          Russell Group

          University of Birmingham

          University of Bristol

          University of Cambridge

          Cardiff University

          Durham University

          University of Edinburgh

          University of Exeter

          University of Glasgow

          Imperial College London

          King's College London, UoL

          Queen Mary, UoL

          University College London, UoL

          University of Leeds

          University of Liverpool

          LSE, UoL

          University of Manchester

          Newcastle University

          University of Nottingham

          University of Oxford

          Queen's University Belfast

          University of Sheffield

          University of Southampton

          University of Warwick

          University of York

           

          1994 Group

          University of Bath

          Birkbeck, UoL (part-time evening degrees)

          University of East Anglia

          University of Essex

          Goldsmiths, UoL

          University of Lancaster

          University of Leicester

          Institute of Education, UoL (postgraduate only)

          Loughborough University

          University of Reading

          Royal Holloway, UoL

          School of Oriental and African Studies, UoL

          University of St Andrews

          University of Surrey

          University of Sussex

           

          University Alliance

          Bournemouth University

          University of Bradford

          Cardiff Metropolitan University

          De Montfort University

          University of Glamorgan

          Glasgow Caledonian University

          University of Hertfordshire

          University of Huddersfield

          Kingston University

          University of Lincoln

          Liverpool John Moores University

          Manchester Metropolitan University

          Northumbria University

          Nottingham Trent University 

          The Open University (distance learning)

          Oxford Brookes University

          Plymouth University

          University of Portsmouth

          University of Salford

          Sheffield Hallam University

          Teeside University

          University of Wales, Newport

          University of West of England 

           

          Million+

          University of Abertay Dundee

          Anglia Ruskin University

          Bath Spa University 

          University of Bedfordshire

          Birmingham City University

          University of Bolton

          Buckinghamshire New University

          Canterbury Christ Church University

          University of Central Lancashire

          Coventry University

          University of Cumbira

          University of Derby

          University of East London

          Edinburgh Napier University

          University of Gloucestershire

          University of Greenwich

          Kingston University

          Leeds Metropolitan University

          London Metropolitan University

          Middlesex University

          University of Nottingham

          Staffordshire University

          University of Sunderland

          University of West London

          University of The West of Scotland

          University of Wolverhampton


          Guild HE

          Royal Agricultural College

          St. Mary's University College Belfast

          St. MAry's University College, Twickenham

          The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts

          University College Birmingham

          University College Falmouth

          University College Plymouth St Mark & St John

          University for the Creative Arts

          University of Chichester

          University of Winchester

          University of Worcester

          Writtel College

          York St John University

           

          University of London

          The Central School of Speech and Drama

          Courtauld Institute of Art

          Goldsmiths, UoL

          Heythrop College

          King's College London

          The London School of Political Science and Economics

          Queen Mary, UoL

          Royal Academy of Music

          Royal Holloway, UoL

          Royal Veterinary College

          School of Oriental and African Studies

          St George's, UoL

          University College London

          University of London Institute in Paris

           

          N8

          Durham University

          Lancaster University

          University of Leeds

          University of Liverpool

          University of Manchester

          Newcastle University

          University of Sheffield

          University of York

           

          International Affiliations:

          Worldwide Universities Network (WUN)

          University of Sheffield

          University of Bristol

          University of Leeds

          University of Southampton

          University of York

           

          Coimbra Group

          University of Bristol

          University of Cambridge

          University of Edinburgh

          University of Oxford

           

          League of European Research Universities (LERU)

          Imperial College London

          University College London

          University of Cambridge

          University of Edinburgh

          University of Oxford

           

          Universitas 21

          University of Birmingham

          University of Edinburgh

          University of Glasgow

          University of Nottingham

           

          IDEA League

          Imperial College London

           

          Specialist Institutions

          Art and Architecture:

          Courtauld Institute

          Glasgow School of Art

          Edinburgh College of Art

          Edinburgh School of Architecture

          Manchester School of Architecture

          University of the Arts, London

          Norwich University College of the Arts

          University for the Creative Arts

           

          Dance, Drame and Music:

          Royal Academy of Music

          Guildhall School of Music and Drama

          Conservatoire for Dance and Drama

          Central School of Speech and Drama

          Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama

          Trinity Laban Conservatoire

          Royal College of Music

          Royal Northern College of Music

          Rose Bruford College

          The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts

          Leeds College of Music

           

          Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Agriculture:

          Peninsula Medical School

          Royal Agricultural College

          Royal Veterinary College

          Hull York Medical School

          St George's Medical School

          Brighton Sussex Medical School

           

          School of Pharmacy

           

           

           

           

           

        • University Setting

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          Universities in the UK have developed out of a number of different factors and criteria which can make it hard for students to choose appropriately. However, as much as this variety also means that there is an institution to suit your needs. 

          There were originally six universities within the British Isles, but by the time of the Industrial Revolution in Britain, further institutions were built to supplement the education of the general population. These institutions focused on "real-world" skills for men, embracing science, technology and engineering, without reference to religion or background. Built in the heart of industrial cities, the education benefited the individuals, the activities of the city, and the British Empire at large. 

          The 1963 Robbins Report (the report of the Committee on Higher Education), altered this model by advancing the idea that universities should be available to all who qualified through ability and attainment, and institutions should be elitism. This report led to an expansion in the British university education, with institutions built overnight. These new institutions, referred to as plate glass universities, were often situated out of town, in newly developed campuses. 

          At the same time, Britain also invested in polytechnics; further education designed to better local students, teaching both academic and professional vocational subjects. Polytechnics focused on education, rather than the universities which focused on both education and research, and lacked degree awarding power. Because they were developed to support local communities, they are often found in towns and cities. 

          The 1992 Further and Higher Education Act gave polytechnics university status and degree awarding power, and this is the scene we see today. In general, polytechnics tend to offer more vocational courses,  often focusing on their original fortes, and universities tend to offer a more traditional, academic curriculum.

           

           

           

           

        • League Tables

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          National rankings

           

          The Guardian

          The Guardian uses eight different ranking criteria, each weighted between 5 and 17%. Unlike other annual rankings of British universities, the criteria do not include a measure of research output. Furthermore, a "value-added" factor is included which compares students' degree results with their entry qualifications so qualifications upon entry are compared to the award they receive at the end of studying. The eight criteria are:

          • Entry score (17%)
          • Feedback - as rated by graduates of the course (5%)
          • Job prospects (17%) (data source: Destination of Leavers from Higher Education)
          • Overall quality - final-year students opinions about the overall quality of their course (data source: the National Student Survey)
          • Spending per student (17%)
          • Staff/student ratio (17%)
          • Teaching quality - as rated by graduates of the course (10%) (data source: the National Student Survey)
          • Value added (17%)
           
           
          The Complete University Guide
           
          As an independently produced system, The Complete University Guide uses nine ranking criteria. The nine scores are rated (by 1.5 for student satisfaction and research assessment, and 1.0 for the rest) and summed to give a total score for each university. These total scores are then transformed to a scale where the top score is set at 1,000, with the remainder being a proportion of the top score. The nine criteria are:
          • Academic services spend - the expenditure per student on all academic services (data source: Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA))
          • Completion - a measure of the completion rate of students (data source: HESA)
          • Entry standards - the average UCAS tariff score of new students under the age of 21 (data source: HESA)
          • Facilities spend - the expenditure per student on staff and student facilities (data source: HESA)
          • Good honours - the proportion of firsts and upper seconds (data source: HESA)
          • Graduate prospects - a measure of the employability of graduates (data source: HESA)
          • Research assessment/quality - a measure of the average quality of research (data source: 2008 Research Assessment Exercise)
          • Student satisfaction - a measure of the view of students on the teaching quality (data source: the National Student Survey)
          • Student:staff ratio - a measure of the average staffing level (data source: HESA)

           

          Criticisms of Ranking systems

          Disparity with global rankings

          You may notice that universities that do well nationally, such as the LSE or St Andrews University do not do so well internationally, while others have the opposite problem, such as the University of Manchester. This is mainly do to the variation between ranking criteria and methodology, as well as the purpose of global international rankings. International ranking systems tend to use criteria such as academic and employer survey, the number of citations per faculty, the proportion of international staff, students and faculty, and alumni prize winners, while national rankings take into account the undergraduate student experience of teaching and learning resources, the academic quality of a university's intake, graduate employment, research quality and dropout rates. 

           

          Accuracy and Neutrality

          In the UK, league tables are important for universities and they, therefore, do what is in their best interest to increase their league table standings. However, this means that they perhaps chase the rankings, rather than focus on doing what is important for students. A university's ranking can often fluctuate, even if they only perform poorly in one aspect, while at the same time their ranking can increase greatly from just one aspect. Also ranking systems deem different factors to be important, hence universities may not fare similarly across guides. 

           

           

          International Rankings

          QS World Rankings

          The QS world rankings use 5 criteria:

          • Academic peer review (40%) -  asks active academics across the world about the top universities in fields they know about. 
          • Recruiter review (10%) - asks sample recruiters who hire graduates on a global or significant national scale. 
          • Faculty student ratio (20%) 
          • Citations per faculty (20%) - the total number of citations for a five-year period is divided by the number of academic staff in the university. 
          • International orientation (10%) - staff and students

          There are a number of problems with this system - it places too much emphasis on the peer review process, which is not systematic but based on other academics perceptions of universities.  Almost as though reputation takes up 50% of the ranking (peer review and recruiter review). Undervalues institutions who excel in social sciences, arts and humanities. 

           

          Academic Ranking of World Universities

          The Academic Ranking of World Universities, also known as the Shanghai ranking uses the criteria which are largely academic and research orientated, including:

          • alumni winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals (10%)
          • staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals (20%)
          • highly-cited researchers in 21 broad subject categories (20%)
          • articles published in Nature and Science (20%)
          • the Science Citation Index and Social Sciences Citation Index (20%)
          • per capita academic performance of an institution (10%)

          One problem is that it often takes into account natural sciences over the social sciences and humanities, and to many students applying to university, their criteria are not relevant. 

           

          The Times Higher Education World University Rankings

          The Times Higher Education World University Rankings under five categories:

          • Teaching (30%)
          • Research (30%)
          • Citations/Research Impact (32.5%)
          • International Mix (5%)
          • Industry Income (2.5%) 
          As you can see, the rankings are not just based on academic performance, however this also means that the reputation of the institution counts for less (which may, in fact, be an important factor for employers). However, because there is still a weight on research and citations, more science-based institutions with relatively few undergraduates will be favoured over more comprehensive programmes and undergraduates. 

           

           

           

      • Universities in general

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        RegionUniversityPrivate
        East Midlands (England) 108.35 89.04
        East of England 92.62 110.00
        London 129.65 167.91
        Northern Ireland 67.62 -
        North East England 97.21 99.52
        North West England 80.38 105.03
        Scotland 101.13 135.33
        South East England 108.98 84.50
        South West England 107.48 117.50
        Wales 81.53 -
        West Midlands (England) 93.65 103.71
      • Living Costs

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        What are UCAS points?

        The UCAS Tariff is the system for allocating points to qualifications used for entry to higher education. It allows students to use a range of different qualifications to help secure a place on an undergraduate course. Universities and colleges use the UCAS Tariff to make comparisons between applicants with different qualifications. Tariff points are often used in entry requirements, although other factors are often taken into account. To convert A Levels and the IB into UCAS points see UCAS Tariff Tables.

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      The latest thoughts on education from the blog

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      The latest on educational news

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    • UK University Agents

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      Here are the details of the agents available in your country, and the universities and schools they work with. Please bear with us while we update the list and add more countries. If you are an agent in one of these countries and don't see your company listed, please let us know via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will add your details to the database. 

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  • Malaysian University Profiles

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    Welcome to Eluceo's Malaysian University profiles. We aim to give the most impartial and comprehensive information available, hence all guides have a similar layout with the same information. If your institution is not listed and you would like it to be added, please contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    If you are unsure of any of the terms used, please see the Glossary for more information. 

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