The University of Liverpool has dropped several places in new higher education ranking tables released. It dropped seven places from 31st to 38th in the UK, but remained in the top 10 universities in eight subject areas.
Liverpool John Moores University and Ormskirk’s Edge Hill University both rose up the ranks in the Complete University Guide. Liverpool Hope does not feature as one of just five in the country not to allow their data to be used – claiming the results were “meaningless”.
A Hope spokesman said: “Liverpool Hope University took the principled decision several years ago not to appear in commercial league tables as the methodologies used by the compilers only provide a partial reflection of any university, and also change from year to year, making any comparison meaningless.”
Edge Hill rose up the table from 95th place to 84th, one of only four universities to improve that much.
Vice-Chancellor Dr John Cater said: “This progress is consequent on the massive investment that is taking place in staffing and facilities at the Ormskirk campus and our increased popularity as a destination of choice for applicants, and we are confident that our upward curve will continue and accelerate.”
John Moores was ranked number 82 in the table, an improvement of eight places.
Registrar and deputy chief executive Mark Power said: “The university continues to improve its league table position. We pride ourselves on listening and responding to students, working in partnership to continually improve the student experience.
“The university has an ambitious strategic plan and we are determined to deliver a high-quality student experience through investing in the recruitment of high- calibre staff and delivering a first-class teaching and learning environment.”
A University of Liverpool spokeswoman said they were pleased to pleased to be ranked in the top 10 in eight of the Guide’s subject tables.
She added: “This reflects our significant investments to further enhance the excellent student experience at Liverpool.
“We are investing £600m in facilities which includes a £250m redevelopment of our student accommodation. Our £25m teaching laboratory for science-based subjects gives Liverpool’s students one of the best learning environments in the UK.
“Other exciting new developments include a £7.5m extension to our Management School and a £10m refurbishment of our Guild of Students.
“Liverpool is in the top 1% of universities worldwide and we are never complacent about the student experience. We are analysing the ranking findings which are not current and are based on historical data.”
Author of the guide Dr Bernard Kingston said: “This year’s mixture of stability at the top and a degree of volatility in the lower half shows that, for many institutions, small differences between them render them vulnerable to fluctuations in their rankings.
“League tables viewed in isolation carry a health warning for good reason and the order towards the lower end of the ranking should be treated with some discretion. However, as the methodology is unchanged this year, comparisons with last year can be made with more confidence.”