In the most recent Times Higher Education (THE) Top 200, Royal Holloway’s position in world university rankings has fallen from 88th to 107th. Royal Holloway’s place in national league tables continues to stay around the 30 mark.
Interestingly, in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (in which Royal Holloway was placed 16th overall) many departments such as Economics and Geography were in the top 10 nationally, whilst Music was rated the highest in the country. Student satisfaction rates for this year were equally high – with 87% for overall academic experience.
One particular explanation for the fluctuating rankings, not only nationally but internationally, may well be the differing methodologies in the determination of a university’s position within the league tables. National university league tables such as the Complete University Guide, the Guardian and the Times use similar criteria, such as student satisfaction, teaching quality, student/staff ratio and research quality. Internationally, in the QS World University Rankings and THE Top 200, research and peer review are much more the focus, rather than
student experience. Trying to compare these league tables or draw any meaning from them , concerning the standing of Royal Holloway proves a complicated task.