Durhams "free fall " in league tables.Watch
I don't know or even particularly care but I think you need to learn how to use the apostrophe.
Take league tables with a pinch of salt.
According to the times this is just a bad year, last year it was quite a few places higher. All the universities except for the top few jump around a lot. Probably better to take an average of say, 5 years.
And across newspapers.
Yes, the times and the guardian are probably the most respected.
As with all university league tables, don't take them too seriously.
Beware of "value added scores"!
Also if you're gonna look at league tables use the ones specific to your subject
Am I the only person who uses the Financial Times' league tables? Not only to they seem far more autorative (and accurate,) but they also give detailed explanations behind each individual score.
I think having Newcastle next door is a problem as well for Durham. It is popular.
What do you mean exactly by this?
Its a problem for Newcastle or Durham? And who is popular?
I'm sure Durham's a very solid place. But the mystery is not why it's 'in freefall' ,but why it had quite such an exalted reputation in the first place. The performance indicators, historical or current, are just not that special.
i'd agree with this. there seems to be very little basis for durhams current popularity. as a uni it's good, but well, just not that good. in relation to research they've not exactly done anything groundbreaking. maybe durham's reputation comes from its blatent attepts to sell itself as the oxbridge alternative.....and maybe people have finally began to see through the facade...
maybe durham's reputation comes from its blatent attepts to sell itself as the oxbridge alternative.....and maybe people have finally began to see through the facade...
It's really just a cliché, which is perpetuated, not by Durham uni itself, but by people, like the ones on these message boards, who are themselves wholly unconnected with Durham, and have simply heard a similar comment made by someone else, and then feel the need to repeat it ad nauseum.
i would dissagree with that sweeping statemnt about research, some departments dont do much but the sciences, in particular chemistry i know of, partcipates in a large amout of important reasearch, which is covered in the scientific press