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Re: Rough Guide Of The Best & Most Reputable Universities In The UK by Sixix: 9:26pm On Aug 11, 2014
[quote author=Sagamite]I just saw an interesting survey done by the UK's Guardian newspaper asking over 1,700 UK university students and graduates which universities they regards as being equal to (that is, of the same quality as) their own university.

http://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/interactive/2014/jul/24/interactive-which-universities-think-equals

Analysis re cool....What do you do for a living?
Re: Rough Guide Of The Best & Most Reputable Universities In The UK by Sagamite(m): 11:17pm On Aug 11, 2014
Sixix: Analysis re cool....What do you do for a living?

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Re: Rough Guide Of The Best & Most Reputable Universities In The UK by Sixix: 8:42pm On Aug 14, 2014
Sagamite:

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Re: Rough Guide Of The Best & Most Reputable Universities In The UK by Sixix: 8:52pm On Aug 20, 2014
Sagamite:

Obviously .................... analysis. grin grin grin grin grin grin grin grin grin

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Wow, good for you.

You are one of the luckiest.
Re: Rough Guide Of The Best & Most Reputable Universities In The UK by Sagamite(m): 2:01pm On Sep 21, 2014
Recently, after I did this:

https://www.nairaland.com/141689/rough-guide-best-most-reputable/9#19380589

Another major donation has been received by Imperial College London.

A former graduate donated £40m for a Biomedical Engineering centre.

http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/newsandeventspggrp/imperialcollege/newssummary/news_26-5-2014-23-8-58

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Re: Rough Guide Of The Best & Most Reputable Universities In The UK by slzft: 12:42am On Sep 26, 2014
Why is London Met listed as one of the better third division universities?
Re: Rough Guide Of The Best & Most Reputable Universities In The UK by Sagamite(m): 9:01pm On Oct 01, 2014
According to the recent Times League table, here are the universities with the highest graduate starting salaries:

The Top 25 for highest Graduate Salaries 2014 (in £s)

1. Imperial 29,198
2. LSE 27,966
3. Cambridge 26,572
4. Oxford 25,974

5. Bath 24,743
6. UCL 24,647
7. KCL 24,247

8. Buckingham 24,175
9. Warwick 23,742
10. Bristol 23,712
11. Loughborough 23,419
12. Glasgow 23,408
13. City 23,377
14. QMW 23,328
15. Herriot Watt 23,285
16. Strathclyde 23,053
17. Durham 22,837
18. St Andrews 22,651
19. Edinburgh 22,634
20. Cardiff 22,582
21. Nottingham 22,485
22. Birmingham 22,326
23. Aberdeen 22,173
24. Surrey 22,094
25. Exeter 22,058

Suprisingly, Manchester is not in the Top 25. Its average is £21,410. Which is low and means some universities not in the Top 25 still have higher average starting salaries.

The average salary for graduates in professional graduate level jobs (note: not graduate schemes) is £21,702.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-26992728

The average for graduate schemes is £26,500.

http://careers.theguardian.com/reality-check-graduate-salary

Hence one can figure out that a higher proportion of students from these listed universities got graduate scheme jobs. The higher you go, the more likely the university's students got on prestigious graduate schemes or highly-paying non-scheme professional jobs.

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Re: Rough Guide Of The Best & Most Reputable Universities In The UK by slzft: 4:28pm On Oct 14, 2014
To clarify my previous post, I'm not sure why London Met is listed as one of the better third division universities, given that it is generally one of the lowest universities in most league tables, has one of the lowest average entry tariffs, and has been involved in a large number of scandals.
Re: Rough Guide Of The Best & Most Reputable Universities In The UK by Sagamite(m): 6:45am On Oct 16, 2014
slzft:
To clarify my previous post, I'm not sure why London Met is listed as one of the better third division universities, given that it is generally one of the lowest universities in most league tables, has one of the lowest average entry tariffs, and has been involved in a large number of scandals.

You are more likely to see a successful graduate of LondonMet, than you will see of Thames Valley university.

The statement does not mean LondonMet is one of the better third division, it just highlights some universities in the third division are better than others.
Re: Rough Guide Of The Best & Most Reputable Universities In The UK by Sagamite(m): 7:50am On Oct 16, 2014
UCL is the take over the highly respected Institute of Education by the end of this year.

[size=18pt]Proposed merger between IOE and UCL[/size]

The Councils of the Institute of Education and UCL have given approval for negotiations to continue on the proposed merger between the two universities.

Subject to these more detailed negotiations and a process of due diligence, it is planned that the two councils be asked to give final approval to the merger at their meetings in October. The formal merger could then be completed in December.

UCL President and Provost, Professor Michael Arthur said: "The driver behind this proposal is academic, prompted by the sense that the world-leading research undertaken by the IOE was highly complementary to many areas of work undertaken by UCL. All the evidence to date has confirmed this to be the case.

"There is genuine excitement within both institutions as we believe this planned merger will deliver significant advances in the field of social science and education, whilst further advancing the work both universities undertake to develop education across London."

Welcoming the decision, IOE Director Professor Chris Husbands said: "The proposed merger is potentially transformational in terms of the long-term security and growth of the Institute and I am pleased that this has been recognised by the members of the IOE Council.

"I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all those staff, students, alumni and other key stakeholders who contributed to the consultation process."

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/news/news-articles/0514/210514-ioe-ucl

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Re: Rough Guide Of The Best & Most Reputable Universities In The UK by Sagamite(m): 10:58pm On Oct 26, 2014
Re: Rough Guide Of The Best & Most Reputable Universities In The UK by Tomjazzy2: 1:18pm On Nov 17, 2014
Please OP which uni would you guys recommentd for some one who wants to enroll for his masters program, with emphasis on a relatively easy entry requirment for international students, and the finance? I'm currrently pursuing a post graduate scholarship with a view to doing an MBA in any reputable uni in the UK. If i can secure the admission before mid next year, better. Btw I have a B.Sc. in Pol sci.
Re: Rough Guide Of The Best & Most Reputable Universities In The UK by Sagamite(m): 8:47pm On Nov 26, 2014
Highlight of UK universities in 2014 Nobel Prizes.

After a very good performance by British Universities last year, https://www.nairaland.com/141689/rough-guide-best-most-reputable/9#19220713, they have been affiliated with winners again this year.

- UCL hosts one of the winners of the Nobel prize in Physiology & Medicine, John O'Keefe, who discovered the cells that form the specialized brain networks for memory and cognition in the brain. He is an American that has been a lifetime staff at UCL since just after he obtained his PhD.

- UCL and Edinburgh also hosted the joint winners with O'Keefe, Edvard Moser and May-Britt Moser, for their postdoctoral work. The husband and wife team are now professors at Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

- One of the winners of the Nobel prize for Chemistry spent 6 months as a visiting scientist at Oxford.
Re: Rough Guide Of The Best & Most Reputable Universities In The UK by Sagamite(m): 8:50pm On Nov 26, 2014
Tomjazzy2:
Please OP which uni would you guys recommentd for some one who wants to enroll for his masters program, with emphasis on a relatively easy entry requirment for international students, and the finance? I'm currrently pursuing a post graduate scholarship with a view to doing an MBA in any reputable uni in the UK. If i can secure the admission before mid next year, better. Btw I have a B.Sc. in Pol sci.

If you want easy entry requirements and low finance, you are most likely going to find that easier outside the universities in this league table.
Re: Rough Guide Of The Best & Most Reputable Universities In The UK by Jabski: 1:31pm On Dec 30, 2014
Sagamite, good job you are doing here. I would love to seek your opinion as I intend going for an MBA in the UK or Canada this sept 2015.
I need work experience of about a year in the UK while doing the course to sharpen my business language mentality. I chose to apply for Sheffield Hallam University and Portmouth University in acheving this goal as they offer 2yrs MBA programme with the 2nd year in a work placement. Are they good schools? whats your take on this and are there better options in accomplishing what im after?
Thanks.
Re: Rough Guide Of The Best & Most Reputable Universities In The UK by Sagamite(m): 10:44am On Jan 21, 2015
Jabski:
Sagamite, good job you are doing here. I would love to seek your opinion as I intend going for an MBA in the UK or Canada this sept 2015.
I need work experience of about a year in the UK while doing the course to sharpen my business language mentality. I chose to apply for Sheffield Hallam University and Portmouth University in acheving this goal as they offer 2yrs MBA programme with the 2nd year in a work placement. Are they good schools? whats your take on this and are there better options in accomplishing what im after?
Thanks.

No, they are not good schools for MBA.

If you go to those schools for MBA, then I think it is best to regard the MBA you get there as an MA instead.

Better options for MBA are: LBS, Cambridge, Oxford, City, Warwick, Manchester, Imperial and Cranfield.

But those cost a bit of a few quids.
Re: Rough Guide Of The Best & Most Reputable Universities In The UK by Sagamite(m): 10:22pm On Jan 24, 2015
One of the biggest events for UK universities has just been concluded last December: The Research Excellence Framework (REF) Assessment.

This is the assessment conducted by the UK government on the quality of research of UK universities every few years (5-7 years). Basically, all universities supply their research staff in all subject areas they want to put forward to be assessed, the staff put forward 4 pieces of work each and it is then judged by an international panel of experts (both academics and industry leaders) who categorise it according to five categories:

4* - World-leading research (competes with the very best academic work in the world)
3* - Internationally excellent research (but falls short of the highest standards)
2* - Internationally recognised
1* - Nationally recognised
U - Unclassified (wetin you dey do for academia)

The outcome is used for determining how the UK government distributes the funding of universities. If a university is doing top level research, then the government would pump money into that university. So this is a big event for universities and academics, arguably the biggest in their careers as it applies to a vast majority of them.

As well as informing funding allocations, the REF provides accountability for public investment in research, demonstrates its benefits, and provides important reputational yardsticks and benchmarking information about the research performance of UK universities. Many academics would have sleepless nights the nights running up to the date of the results' release, as their jobs/future careers depend on it. Also alot of staff poaching has gone on in the last few years by universities as the management try to ensure they perform well. Top universities and staff aim for at least a 3* to demonstrate the high quality of their research work.

Basically, this is the Champions League for UK universities as they are public universities that depend on UK government funding.

I will provide the different tables relating to this assessment. There are a mix of tables that come out of the results. Some are research power related, while others are quality related, and some others are just submission data. The ones that matter to universities are the research power tables.

Two media houses public "Research Power" rankings: The Guardian Newspaper and Times Higher Education. This is the ranking which they state shows the universities that would get most from the governments pot of money.


The Guardian's rankings only take into consideration the 3* and 4* work and multiplying with the number of staff submitted. So it is partially size dependent. Bigger universities doing quality work do better.

http://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/ng-interactive/2014/dec/18/university-research-excellence-framework-2014-full-rankings

Research Power - Guardian's Top 10
1. Oxford
2. UCL
3. Cambridge
4. Edinburgh

5. Manchester
6. Imperial
7. KCL

8. Nottingham
9. Bristol
10. Leeds

Due to its small size, LSE was in 23rd position.


The Times Higher Education takes into consideration all 1* to 4* work in its calculations, which is also multiplied with the number of staff submitted. So it is also partially size dependent.

http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/features/research-excellence-framework-ref-2014

Research Power - THE's Top 10
1. UCL
2. Oxford
3. Cambridge
4. Edinburgh

5. Manchester
6. KCL
7. Nottingham
8. Imperial
9. Bristol
10. Leeds

Due to its small size, LSE was in 28th position.

UCL submitted the highest absolute number of academic staff, 2566 researchers, (Oxford: 2409, Cambridge: 2088) so when almost all staff are considered for table calculations, it can get to the top.
Re: Rough Guide Of The Best & Most Reputable Universities In The UK by Sagamite(m): 11:02pm On Jan 24, 2015
The Quality tables.

The usefulness of the quality tables is that the size of the university does not matter at all. It just looks at what proportion of the staff work submitted is of high quality.

That said, it does not take into consideration the proportion of overall staff submitted. The point here is that participation in the assessment is not compulsory. Universities can choose which staff they want to put forward, so to manage their reputation, some of them game it and only submit a lower proportion of their overall staff.

Quality - Percentage of work that is World leading (i.e. 4*)
1. LSE 49.9%
2. Oxford 48.1%
3. Cambridge 46.8%
4. Imperial 46.4%
5. UCL 42.6 %

6. Cardiff 40.5%
7. KCL 40.2%
8. Edinburgh 37.6%

9. Warwick 36.9%
10. Bristol 36.0%

The top 5 UK universities shine through on this table. World leading shows the universities that can compete at a global stage. Manchester was in 11th position with 35.3%


Quality - Percentage of work that is World leading and Internationally excellent (i.e. 4* and 3*)
1. Imperial 90.6%
2. Cardiff 87.4%
3. LSE 87.3%
4. Oxford 87.2%
draw
4. Cambridge 87.2% draw
6. Bath 86.9%
7. Warwick 86.6%
8. QMW 86.0%
9. Sheffield 85.5%
10. KCL 85.2%

UCL was not even in the Top 20. It was in position number 21 with 82.1%. Edinburgh was 12th with 84.5% and Manchester was 18th with 82.6%.


The Times Higher Education did a Quality table which takes into consideration the volume of staff submitted (not the proportion of staff) mixed with the percentage of 3* and 4* to get a GPA.

Each institution’s overall quality profile is converted into a grade point average by multiplying its percentage of 4* research by 4, its percentage of 3* research by 3, its percentage of 2* research by 2 and its percentage of 1* research by 1; the results are added together and divided by 100 to give a score between 0 and 4.

Quality - THE's Top 10 by GPA
1. Imperial
2. LSE
3. Oxford
4. Cambridge

5. Cardiff
6. KCL
7. UCL
draw
7. Warwick draw
9. Edinburgh draw
9. Bristol draw
9. QMW draw

When looking at the quality tables (which is independent of size) we can see that Cardiff has been the surprise package with a wonderful performance. Manchester does not do as well when its size is not considered, as it does when it is considered (like in the Research Power tables). Nottingham too. Warwick comes into the Top 10 for quality.

When size is not considered, and only quality is, the smaller universities like LSE and Imperial then shine.
Re: Rough Guide Of The Best & Most Reputable Universities In The UK by berildan(m): 11:46pm On Jan 24, 2015
Sagamite:
The Quality tables.

The usefulness of quality tables is that the size of the university does not matter at all. It just looks at what proportion of the staff work submitted is of high quality.

That said, it does not take into consideration the proportion of overall staff submitted. The thing there is that participation in the assessment is not compulsory. Universities can choose which staff they want to put forward, so to manage their reputation, some of them game it and only submit a lower proportion of their overall staff.

Quality - Percentage of work that is World leading (i.e. 4*)
1. LSE 49.9%
2. Oxford 48.1%
3. Cambridge 46.8%
4. Imperial 46.4%
5. UCL 42.6 %

6. Cardiff 40.5%
7. KCL 40.2%
8. Edinburgh 37.6%

9. Warwick 36.9%
10. Bristol 36.0%

The top 5 UK universities shine through on this table. World leading shows the universities that can compete at a global stage. Manchester was in 11th position with 35.3%


Quality - Percentage of work that is World leading and Internationally excellent (i.e. 4* and 3*)
1. Imperial 90.6%
2. Cardiff 87.4%
3. LSE 87.3%
4. Oxford 87.2%
draw
4. Cambridge 87.2% draw
6. Bath 86.9%
7. Warwick 86.6%
8. QMW 86.0%
9. Sheffield 85.5%
10. KCL 85.2%

UCL was not even in the Top 20. It was in position number 21 with 82.1%. Edinburgh was 12th with 82.5%.


The Times Higher Education did a Quality table which takes into consideration the volume of staff submitted (not the proportion of staff) mixed with the percentage of 3* and 4* to get a GPA.

Quality - THE's Top 10 by GPA
1. Imperial
2. LSE
3. Oxford
4. Cambridge

5. Cardiff
6. KCL
7. UCL
draw
7. Warwick draw
9. Edinburgh
10. Bristol

When looking at the quality tables (which is independent of size) we can see that Cardiff has been the surprise package with a wonderful performance. Manchester does not do as well when its size is not considered, as it does when it is considered (like in the Research Power tables). Nottingham too. Warwick comes into the Top 10 for quality.

When size is not considered, and only quality is, the smaller universities like LSE and Imperial then shine.

Guess it is then logical to conclude that St. Andrews,Glasgow, Birmingham and Durham have no business in top 10 rankings this year?? Unbelievable angry.
Re: Rough Guide Of The Best & Most Reputable Universities In The UK by Sagamite(m): 1:53am On Jan 25, 2015
In terms of submission.

I will give a longer table here. This will show how much staff was submitted, which can be taken into consideration when reviewing the other tables above, and which universities were confident & brave enough to submit most of their staff. Obviously, the smaller the university, the smaller the total number of staff it can submit. So the submission rates (percentages) count too and give a good idea of bold the university is.

On the other hand, the bigger the university, the higher the risk it is taking with the volume of staff submitted. Submitting a large number of staff getting high percentage of 3* and 4* grades is a significant achievement. Submitting high volumes of academic staff means you need to submit more volume of quality.

Some universities might be roughly the same in size (in terms of student numbers) but one might have more academic staff, hence higher submissions. Examples of these are Cambridge vs Exeter, Imperial vs Durham and KCL vs Warwick. That just tells you that the one with more academic staff is more research orientated.


Total number of academic staff submitted
1. UCL 2,566
2. Oxford 2,409
3. Cambridge 2,088
4. Edinburgh 1,753

5. Manchester 1,561
6. Nottingham 1,404
7. KCL 1,369
8. Imperial 1,257

9. Leeds 1,149
10. Bristol 1,138
11. Southampton 1,113
12. Glasgow 1,099
13. Birmingham 1,065
14. Sheffield 1,043
15. Warwick 931
16. Newcastle 888
17. Queen's Belfast 868
18. Liverpool 760
19. Durham 740
20. Cardiff 738

LSE 532 | St Andrews 519 (Small universities)

Exeter 736 | York 643 | Bath 462 (Mid-sized universities)



Submission Rates - Percentage of eligible academic staff submitted
1. Cambridge 95%
2. Queen's Belfast 95%
3. Imperial 92%
4. UCL 91%

5. Bristol 91%
6. Southampton 90%
7. Cardiff 87%
8. Oxford 87%
9. St Andrews 86%
10. LSE 85%
11. Glasgow 84%
12. Warwick 84%
13. Edinburgh 83%
14. Exeter 82%
15. Birmingham 81%
16. KCL 80%
17. Newcastle 80%
18. Nottingham 79%
19. Durham 79%
20. Manchester 78%
Re: Rough Guide Of The Best & Most Reputable Universities In The UK by Sagamite(m): 2:06am On Jan 25, 2015
berildan:


Guess it is then logical to conclude that St. Andrews,Glasgow, Birmingham and Durham have no business in top 10 rankings this year?? Unbelievable angry.

No, they have no business in the top 10.

They do fall in the top 20 in their respective aspects.

The smaller ones, Durham and St Andrews for Quality. Durham, the bigger one, made it into the Power rankings Top 20 rankings.

Durham
17th in World leading research (32.6%)
16th in Concentration of 3* and 4* (83.1%)
18th for GPA
18th in Guardian's Research Power
20th in THE's Research Power

St Andrews
19th in World leading research (32.4%)
20th in Concentration of 3* and 4* (82.2%)
20th for GPA


The larger ones, Glasgow and Birmingham for Research Power. They both fall completely outside the top 20 in any quality rankings, so it is their size that got them into the power rankings.

Glasgow
13th in Guardian's Research Power
12th in THE's Research Power

Birmingham
15th in Guardian's Research Power
14th in THE's Research Power
Re: Rough Guide Of The Best & Most Reputable Universities In The UK by Sagamite(m): 2:24am On Jan 25, 2015
This is how the BBC reported the release of the results.

[size=18pt]London overtaking Oxbridge domination[/size]

London universities are breaking up the traditional dominance of Oxford and Cambridge, according to official figures on research excellence.

The London School of Economics has the highest proportion of "world-leading" research among UK universities.

In rankings based on research grades, University College London has overtaken Cambridge for the first time.

The research ratings will determine the allocation of £2bn public funding for universities each year.

The findings are based on a massive funding-council project evaluating the quality of research at universities across the UK, with the last similar exercise having been published in 2008. The Research Excellence Framework measured the quality of research from more than 52,000 academics in 154 universities.

It revealed the rise of London institutions, catching up and overtaking Oxford and Cambridge and the decline of big universities in the north of England.

[size=14pt]'Taking a hammering'[/size]
William Cullerne Bown, of Research Fortnight, which analyses research and funding, said "London looks unstoppable" and universities in the capital "could now eclipse Oxbridge".

He said this process would be further accelerated by major plans for expansion at University College London (UCL) and Imperial College.

"The biggest losers are Manchester, Liverpool, Sheffield, Birmingham and Leeds. The North is taking a hammering," he added. "The government is indeed rebalancing the economy - but towards London instead of away from it. Outside the elite in the South East, almost all the other leading universities in England now face relentless decline."

The growing concentration of higher education resources and excellence in London follows a wider trend in education, which has seen schools in the capital outstripping the rest of England.

International rankings have also shown UCL and Imperial matching or overtaking the traditional Oxbridge duopoly.

The figures from the higher education funding councils for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland show that 30% of the research submitted was "world leading" and 46% was "internationally excellent".

[size=14pt]'Global city'[/size]
Nick Hillman, director of the Higher Education Policy Institute, said that unless there was an increase in overall budgets, funding would increasingly be concentrated in fewer places, such as the so-called "golden triangle" of London, Oxford and Cambridge.

He warned that this "could have some dramatic regional effects" for other universities.

UCL's provost, Michael Arthur, said: "There is clearly a London factor at work in today's outcome. This is a global city, which makes attracting world class researchers that bit easier for our universities. Our popularity with students worldwide has also helped to drive funding and expansion."

There are no official rankings produced by the funding councils, but Research Fortnight has produced its own league table showing how the "market share" of research funding could be distributed - weighted to take into account that bigger research teams are likely to get more.

This puts the University of Oxford in top place, but University College London has now taken second place ahead of Cambridge.

The vice-chancellor of Oxford, Andrew Hamilton, welcomed the recognition for research across a "huge range of subjects and of the real impact they have on health, prosperity, policy formation and culture around the world".

Imperial College in London is also able to claim to have the best results from the evaluation, with the highest combined level of "world leading" and "internationally excellent" research - with 91% of its submitted work falling into one of these top categories.

There are also ratings by individual subject areas. These are based on the work submitted for evaluation - so some universities are assessed on hundreds of academics while others are measured on the work of a handful.

Madeleine Atkins, chief executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England, said the exercise showed that "UK universities are in the top rank of an internationally-competitive research community".

Universities Minister Greg Clark said: "Britain's outstanding reputation in research is founded on excellence.

"A rigorous and unflinching review by fellow experts assures that excellence, this is why the REF is such a crucial driver of quality."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-30521423
Re: Rough Guide Of The Best & Most Reputable Universities In The UK by Sagamite(m): 6:51pm On Jan 31, 2015
It is quite interesting to see how some universities reported/spinned the outcome of the REF research.

They all trying to focus on the positive using a mix of the tables I have provided above to look as good as possible. They focus on the table where they have done well, that is why I chose to put all tables so people can see the overall picture.

You will see that the ones that have done well, or as well as they hoped to do, tended to highlight their position on the league tables.

While the ones that have not, tended to focus on (i) how their results have improved from the last assessment in 2008 or (ii) fields they have done well in, and hardly make any comparison of its performance to other universities. But the fact there is that overall results are far better than last year, so it is really not an achievement for any university to highlight (i).

Cambridge actually falls into the latter. In all the tables that are popular and the one that matters the most (power rankings), it was not in the top 2. Can't imagine Cambridge priding itself about coming "3rd" in an academic ranking in the UK. By its standard, this is not acceptable and I would suspect some heads will roll.


Cambridge: http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/research-excellence-framework-confirms-cambridges-global-strength-and-depth-in-research
Oxford: http://www.ox.ac.uk/research/research-impact/ref-2014-results
LSE: http://www.lse.ac.uk/researchAndExpertise/REF2014/home.aspx
Imperial: http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/newsandeventspggrp/imperialcollege/newssummary/news_17-12-2014-21-22-39
UCL: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/ref2014
Bristol: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/news/2014/december/ref2014.html
Warwick: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/research/excellence/
Edinburgh: http://www.ed.ac.uk/news/2014/ref-181214
KCL: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/newsevents/news/newsrecords/2014/December/Kings-confirmed-as-world-leading-research-university.aspx
Durham: https://www.dur.ac.uk/research/ref/
St Andrews: http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/research/quality/ref2014/
Manchester: http://www.manchester.ac.uk/research/ref-2014/
Nottingham: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/research/excellence/refresults/refresults.aspx
Cardiff: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/research/impact-and-innovation/quality-and-performance/ref-2014
Re: Rough Guide Of The Best & Most Reputable Universities In The UK by Sagamite(m): 6:58pm On Jan 31, 2015
[size=18pt]14 UK Universities Think They're in the Research Excellence Framework Top 10[/size]

By 12pm on results day, 14 universities had tweeted that they were in the top 10 for the Research Excellence Framework. Now one would hope that the REF - a new system for assessing the quality of research in UK universities, and one that took six years and £60 million to complete - would not make such a basic numerical error; and so it proves just how far you can manipulate statistics.

The REF assessed research in 36 subject areas: looking at quality, the infrastructure that supported it, and its impact on the outside world. However, the breadth of its success criteria (quality of top-graded research, number of researchers doing top-graded research, impact of that top-graded research etc) meant that numbers could be easily squeezed and stretched until they gave the most favourable statistics.

Another problem, says Adam Crawford, pro-dean for research and innovation in the faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law at the University of Leeds, was that universities heard about their own results before realizing that the share of top-rated research had gone up across the board, from 14% in the last exercise to 22% in this one. Thus despite their willingness to self-congratulate, this success was definitely a shared one.

Yet perhaps there are other reasons why universities were keen to publicize their achievements. Many universities have worked hard to boost their research profile - for example, City University had recruited about 140 researchers between 2011 and 2013 - in order to help strengthen their international reputation. Indeed, the REF showed that City University had doubled their number of staff producing world-leading research in five years to 40%, and this has opened up the possibility to join with London University. City’s vice-chancellor, Paul Curran, said that they are having ‘informal discussions about the possibility of making an application’, as they are now in a ‘strong enough position from a research point of view’.

More than that though, a good REF performance could guarantee you a larger slice of the research funding pie of nearly £2 billion, which will be allocated by UK funding councils in March. However, as that pot gets smaller, universities begin to rely more on other sources of funding such as European grants and student fees, again emphasizing the importance of an international presence. Crawford says that previously ‘it was primarily about carving up the cake of public funding’, but now institutions must prioritize their ‘reputational benchmarks.’ Cardiff University recognized the potential benefits of changing strategy: it submitted a lower proportion of its research staff for this exercise, which helped it leap from 22nd to 5th place in terms of research quality.

However, humanities and social sciences are still particularly vulnerable to budget cuts after a better-than-expected performance by the medical and life sciences. Mike Kelly, head of Modern Languages at the University of Southampton, warns that universities will be ‘looking at their portfolio of subjects over the next few years’ for some ‘shakedowns’ - if subjects ‘are struggling for students’ or ‘their research isn’t well assessed’ some universities may ‘say time to call it a day.’

This will come as worrying news to institutions for modern languages, who have been recently waving au revoir to student demand. Managers are more likely to concentrate resources on strong areas, rather than on trying to bring up weaker ones, and so departments must try and keep up with one and another. Another area to focus on will be ‘impact stories’, as the impact of work could join teaching, research and administration as a fourth essential element of an academic post.

The consequences of the REF therefore seem to be as complicated as the criteria used to discover them in the first place. However, many argue that research funding must keep up with that of the other major industrialized economies - whatever investment, divestment and restructuring occurs over the next few months. In other words, we must continue to focus on value creation rather than value separation, both financially and intellectually.

https://sturents.com/news/post/2015/01/23/14-uk-universities-think-theyre-in-the-research-excellence-framework-top-10/312/
Re: Rough Guide Of The Best & Most Reputable Universities In The UK by moshoodn(m): 1:21pm On Feb 01, 2015
Hi Sagamite,

How are you doing?

Could you kindly assist with scholarship info into one of those schools for Msc. (Bioinformtics, Biophysics or ny related)

I'll apprecite a prompt response. I've googled and still googling but most infos are mumbo jumbo...

Regards,

Moshood. A. A
Re: Rough Guide Of The Best & Most Reputable Universities In The UK by Sagamite(m): 2:35pm On Feb 01, 2015
moshoodn:
Hi Sagamite,

How are you doing?

Could you kindly assist with scholarship info into one of those schools for Msc. (Bioinformtics, Biophysics or ny related)

I'll apprecite a prompt response. I've googled and still googling but most infos are mumbo jumbo...

Regards,

Moshood. A. A

Hey, hi.

Why do you say they are mumbo jumbo? What did you not understand in the information provided?

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Re: Rough Guide Of The Best & Most Reputable Universities In The UK by moshoodn(m): 6:57pm On Feb 01, 2015
Sagamite:


Hey, hi.

Why do you say they are mumbo jumbo? What did you not understand in the information provided?

Thank you.

Most do not give detailed info until midway into the process.
Besides, I'll need scholarships info that are specific to the field of biochemistry.

Thanks.
Re: Rough Guide Of The Best & Most Reputable Universities In The UK by Sagamite(m): 9:09pm On Feb 01, 2015
moshoodn:


Thank you.

Most do not give detailed info until midway into the process.
Besides, I'll need scholarships info that are specific to the field of biochemistry.

Thanks.

What kind of detailed info are you seeking?
Re: Rough Guide Of The Best & Most Reputable Universities In The UK by moshoodn(m): 9:27pm On Feb 02, 2015
Sagamite:


What kind of detailed info are you seeking?

Thanks for your time so far.
Re: Rough Guide Of The Best & Most Reputable Universities In The UK by Sagamite(m): 6:07pm On Mar 30, 2015
The Higher Education Funding Council for England has released the research funding allocation for English Universities.

http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/news/winners-and-losers-in-hefce-funding-allocations/2019306.article

The Top 10 English Universities with the Largest Research Funding for 2015-2016



It is almost as expected based on the Guardian Research Power rankings that I put up earlier (see above on this thread). The proportion of the allocation to university departments with 4* (world-leadinng) research was increased, hence benefiting the universities with a higher proportion of these.

Note: Edinburgh is a Scottish university, so its funding comes from a separate funding body. This is for English Universities.

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