Why is Sheffield so low in the league tables?

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Sheffield seems like it has a lot going for it- Good facilities, Russel group, one of the best students unions and accommodation but it’s 32nd in ‘The complete university guide’ and 40th in the Guardians league tables. Does anyone know why this is? Plus are league tables really that important?
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League tables are subjective. I wouldn't worry about it. If you're going to look at them look at 'The Complete University Guide' as they base it on student satisfaction among other things. Also if you must look at it for the course you want to do. Go to the university that has the best course for you, it doesn't matter if it's an RG or Ex Poly.


I've applied to Sheffield because I love the course and the city isn't bad.
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(Original post by kayleighisonfire)
League tables are subjective.
They're not. Quite to the contrary.


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I wouldn't worry about it. If you're going to look at them look at 'The Complete University Guide' as they base it on student satisfaction among other things.
You're referring to the Guardian, presumably.

(Original post by kayleighisonfire)
Go to the university that has the best course for you, it doesn't matter if it's an RG or Poly.
Depends on what you plan to do after graduating.

No such thing as polys.
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They're not. Quite to the contrary.



You're referring to the Guardian, presumably.


Depends on what you plan to do after graduating.

No such thing as polys.
If they aren't subjective then why are most league tables different?

Nope definitely talking about University Guide.

Sorry, ex poly
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[QUOTE=kayleighisonfire;74950074]League tables are subjective. I wouldn't worry about it. If you're going to look at them look at 'The Complete University Guide' as they base it on student satisfaction among other things. Also if you must look at it for the course you want to do. Go to the university that has the best course for you, it doesn't matter if it's an RG or Poly.


I've applied to Sheffield because I love the course and the city isn't bad.[/QUOTE]

City is amazing ! Really cheap place to live compared to manc and London.

Full of students, gives a really young people vibe to the city, So many bars and a tram network.
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(Original post by kayleighisonfire)
If they aren't subjective then why are most league tables different?

Nope definitely talking about University Guide.

Sorry, ex poly
Because they're weighted differently, and because they include slightly different metrics (e.g. % of grads in any old job - CUG - versus % of grads in 'professional' jobs - Guardian). The background numbers are the same.

Sure, you could say that the weighting and selection is done on 'subjective' criteria, but that would be a rather incomplete argument. You then need to go on to prove why a particular weighting is wrong.

The CUG puts the least focus on student satisfaction than the Guardian. The latter puts a total of 25% of its weighting on NSS-related (i.e. student satisfaction-related) metrics. By contrast, CUG only weighs student satisfaction at 17%.

See for yourself: https://www.theguardian.com/educatio...ity-guide-2017 vs https://www.thecompleteuniversitygui...s/methodology/
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We are greezy, they are neeky
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For students the city is great imo. Cheap, friendly and just big enough not to get bored, but small enough not to be overwhelming.

The problem with league tables is that the methods of ranking is down to the publisher, especially the weightings. thats why I would take them with a pinch of salt.

Polys I just believe are shorthand for institutions which used to be polys before the changes. Hard to shake.
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