This latest league table is a great resource for those wishing to start university in 2012/13 but remember guys; league tables won’t tell you everything you need to know -
according to Nicola Dandridge, chief executive of Universities UK, "It’s good that there is a growing amount of information about university courses to help inform potential students. However, league tables and guides cannot tell the whole story about universities and courses and positions will vary from one table to the next, based often on small statistical margins. Applicants will want to consider a fuller range of information before they make their final choices." To get the ‘whole story’, check out the Whatuni Student Choice Awards - you can read current students’ and recent graduates’ reviewing their universities, your potential university!
Dr Bernard Kingston, the guide’s principal author, says his league tables are useful to students in the market for a university for a variety of reasons: he said, prospective students can "use it as a criterion for pulling together a shortlist on the basis of the A-levels they’re likely to get.” So grab a pen, piece of paper (or a word processor, if you prefer), see what current students and recent graduates, on Whatuni, are saying about their universities and make a comparison of your choices using the guide. A much easier way to compare all the information you need (fees, rent prices, UCAS tariff and loads more) is by searching the course you want on Whatuni, next browse the search results then click on the university and courses you want to compare. Just click onto the uni profile to see the reviews. Awesome!
But that’s a load of messing about and hard work (it really isn’t), I hear you (probably) complain - but it’s well worth it - "The other area of the spectrum is graduate destinations and graduate prospects. Students are looking to find out how many people at a university got a graduate job after finishing their degree.” Also, he goes on to state, “[knowing] what the UCAS tariff is one thing that’s very important, because they can use the table to look at those universities which they are likely to be able to get into.” Whatuni has a search tools for that too - just type subject into the main search bar, then chuck in your expected grades, or tariff, in the top of the next screen and it’ll spit out the uni’s you can apply for. Bingo! How easy was that?
Dr Kingston goes on to say the economic climate has affected this year’s table. So, if you’re a recent graduate or current student and have seen the results for ‘Graduate Prospects’ and it’s got you worried, chances are the reason why your university might be languishing at the bottom of the table could just be the economy, rather than your uni being rubbish. Do you feel the guide hasn’t given your uni a fair rap does your uni helps student get graduate jobs? Or maybe you agree with the ranking?
Whatever, have your say.
Another category rated is overall ‘Student Satisfaction’. So, current students and graduates - prospective students need you to be honest about your university experience. Be nice to them,
review your uni and provide them with the balance of information they need. Or, if not, do it to just get something off your chest or rave about how awesome your uni is.