Student

The importance of the student voice has come under fire in recent weeks with poor turnouts reported in student union elections. The low turnouts might be an indicator of political apathy, but the opinionated nature of the student remains, which is a good omen for the future of university reviews.

Table: Regional ranking

Col. 1, Regional rank;
Col. 2, University;
Col. 3 National Rank

Tables: the methodology

The main table was compiled by giving each of the 113 universities a score on nine measures. Two of the measures, student satisfaction and research assessment were accorded more importance than the other seven by being given a weighting of 1.5. All data is for 2006-7 unless otherwise stated.

Table: Graduate earnings from selected subjects

Col. 1, Subject;
Col. 2, Graduate employment or self-employment;
Col. 3, Non-graduate employment or self-employment

The main league table 2009

Col. 1, Rank 2009
Col. 2, (Rank 2008)
Col. 3, Institution

Regional ranking: Change of the guard in Scotland

Glasgow University has overtaken Edinburgh for the second spot north of the border

Performance measures: Hert, soul and cash to splash

The University of Hertfordshire has excelled for its spending on student facilities

New universities: Another year of the great divide

There is some good news for the former polytechnics – but none has managed to break into the top 50

Universities Guide: Top of the class, again

Making sure students are satisfied is one reason why the ancients are at the head of the pack

Traditional universities still hold sway over rivals

Britain's traditional old universities still rule the roost in the Complete University Guide, published today for the first time by The Independent.

Open season on the web

From blogging to keeping in touch with alumni, social networking sites can be useful tools – but they’re not without risk.

Are two year degrees the future?

We look at compressed honours degrees, and find out whether three-year degrees are on their way out from higher education.

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