The University of St Andrews has been placed fifth in a ‘controversial’ new league table which lets students decide for themselves what is important about universities.
St Andrews is one of three Scottish universities ranked in the top ten of this year’s Push guide, an independent online guide which separates itself from traditional newspaper league tables. Their first league table names the small Welsh campus of Lampeter the best university in the UK, beating traditional ‘winners’ Oxford (59) and Cambridge (13).
As well as academic standards and job prospects, the ranking takes into account other factors they think are just as important to students. It considers the cost of living and average levels of student debt at each university (both of which are based on data exclusive to Push), as well as ease of entry, especially when balanced with high demand for places. Also considered is the range and quality of extra-curricular activities and support on offer to students.
A key feature of the website is the Uni Chooser tool which allows users to set for themselves the importance of over 200 criteria in order to create their own personalised league table.
In 2007, St Andrews was ranked among the top five UK institutions in guides produced by The Guardian, The Times and the online Good University Guide. It was also named top mainstream university in the UK in the National Student Survey and runner up for The Sunday Times UK University of the Year award.
For the full table, visit http://www.push.co.uk/league_table_2008
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