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In the last ten years, only 4 universities have never left the top 10 in a UK Ranking Watch

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    No prizes for guessing who two of the four are. But the other two, St Andrews and Warwick, may have come as a surprise. A further four universities have never left the top 15 in the last 10 years: Bath, Imperial, LSE and UCL. This is based off of data from the Complete University Guide (2008-17), The Guardian (2008-17) and the Times and Sunday Times (2013-17).

    Between 2008 and 2017, notable climbers in The Guardian are:

    Notable Climbers:
    Surrey: 25th to 4th
    Durham: 19th to 6th
    Lancaster: 22nd to 8th
    Exeter: 34th to 11th
    Leeds: 30th to 16th

    Notable Fallers:
    Edinburgh: 7th to 22nd
    SOAS: 11th to 30th
    King's: 12th to 42nd
    Bristol: 14th to 38th
    Manchester: 16th to 31st

    Graphical charts of the performance of 31 selected universities over 10 years can be found here.

    What do you think about the reliability of domestic rankings?
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    Wouldnt it make more sense to have the ranking inverted so you were looking at a rise for improvement? It also doesnt help the legend keep changing fin scale. The resuts look highly suspicious.
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    Excluding the terrible Guardian, Imperial would be up there too, and rightly so. Just look at how awful the Guardian rankings are - Surrey in 4th, Lancaster in 8th, and then at the other end Edinburgh 22nd, Bristol 38th, and Kings 42nd. Pure baloney, they should be completely ignored.
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    I think that it's the Guardian's way of ranking which kept Imperial and LSE out the top ten. In which case ok
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    (Original post by 999tigger)
    Wouldnt it make more sense to have the ranking inverted so you were looking at a rise for improvement? It also doesnt help the legend keep changing fin scale. The resuts look highly suspicious.
    Not sure how the results look highly suspicious, you can find the ranking positions for all three of them online.

    The scale of the axis varies too much for some universities so have only included the eight universities which have never left the top 15.

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    (Original post by JohnGreek)
    I think that it's the Guardian's way of ranking which kept Imperial and LSE out the top ten. In which case ok
    Yes, if we exclude The Guardian then Imperial and LSE would also have never left the top 10 in the last 10 years.

    Imperial has only left the top 10 once though whereas LSE has ranked outside of the top 10 twice. In fairness to The Guardian, it has previously ranked the two of them third.
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    I like graphs :cookie:
 
 
 
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