How reliable is unistats?

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Four things that unis think matter more than league tables 08-12-2016
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    I'll be doing biochemistry at Warwick. When I was applying for university, biochem at Warwick didn't have amazing employment data on unistats. Good, but not as good as other universities above Warwick in the league tables.

    Recently my course's data has improved greatly. From 65% pro. employment to 85% pro. employment, and 25% of people achieving a first class degree to 55% along with other improvements.

    Now my course beats places like UCL, Bristol, Exeter and York for employment and satisfaction, all above Warwick in the league tables, which I'm suspicious about. Why has such a huge jump occurred in just a year? Did Warwick neglect to update their stats or are they manipulating data?
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    Warwick doesn't update unistats. Unistats is an independent organisation as far as I know and is based on student reviews. League tables take into account a number of factors that the unis publish but still calculate rankings in a number of different ways. The bottom line is that Warwick is a good uni and if you find the course interesting don't worry about either league tables or unistats.
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    Could be a fairly small number of graduates from that exact pathway - which would mean that the stats are liable to swing wildly from year to year. IIRC unistats used to show the course size (and other data like gender ratio) but that's been removed.

    going from 65% to 85% employment is more significant if there's 100 graduates than if there's 20... plus the job market might just have improved.

    unistats is a government site, The professional employment figure is IIRC based on telephone survey of graduates carried out by the uni - the question asked is whether you needed the degree to get your current job.
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    I have encountered the same problem with unistats. I want to study biochem at imperial which is a highly regarded university in many tables but on unistats it has percentages far below other universities, some being lower than 50%.
 
 
 
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