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    Any reasons?
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    (Original post by Moonless)
    Any reasons?
    Doesn't matter. League tables (especially domestic ones) vary year to year and it could be due to a change in ranking methodology etc...

    Exeter still is (and will remain) an excellent university.
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    Exeter's ranking always fluctuates. You shouldn't take league tables too seriously. If dropping 4 places from last year is enough to deter you from applying to Exeter, then you probably were not sure enough to apply in the first place.
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    Agreed with above. Rankings of universities fluctuate significantly, outside of the top 5 (which are usually pretty fixed in most league tables)
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    Largely to do with a student resistance to the NSS last year. The NSS was used to formulate the Teaching Excellence Framework whereby universities who achieved Gold would be able to increase tuition fees. Some students decided not to complete the NSS to try and avoid getting TEF gold so fees couldn't be increased. Less NSS data meant student satisfaction fell so the university dropped in the league tables. The government seems to be stopping the fees rise now and the university is implementing a strategy to increase student satisfaction (more tutor meetings, learning spaces etc).
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    In the CUG, 2018 vs 2017, Exeter has increased everything, including facilities spending, except it has lower academic spending (1,614 from 1,689) and slightly lower degree completion (95.6% from 96%). It is just as good as it was in 2017; just its rivals are out-performing it slightly and mostly on academic spending.

    A point to consider is Middlesex Uni supposedly has the highest academic spending in the UK (2,622) and Chester (1,660) has higher spending than Durham (1,615), so this is not a hugely meaningful data set although it separates a great many universities in the rankings.
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    (Original post by Moonless)
    Any reasons?
    It might simply be because other universities are rising in the league tables. There’s nothing to say that a particular uni is “getting worse”.
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