Entries by Ben Sowter

How to claim a place amongst the top 1% of world universities?

Or 2%. Or 5% or whatever seems appropriate Amongst the coverage of today’s QS World University Rankings was a fascinating piece on the BBC. — http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-40187452. Amongst many universities, the University of Reading have been claiming status as a “world’s top 1%” university, and this claim has been challenged via a complaint made to the […]

Happy New Year 2018

With the next edition of QS World University Rankings coming out next week, and fact files distributed to all featured institutions, it seems the moment to talk about one peripheral detail that may have escaped some of our followers. We have reconfigured our annual rankings cycle, moving things around on the calendar with a view […]

Potential refinements in the QS World University Rankings 2015

Anyone who has seen me present will know that one of my most frequently used quotes is from the US statistician, George Box, said, “Essentially all models are wrong, but some are useful”. Rankings are controversial as much because they are imperfect, incomplete as anything else. Were there a perfect answer, and had someone found […]

QS World University Rankings by Subject 2015 – challenges and developments

From a certain perspective, the work we do at a discipline level ought to be easy. After all, we don’t seek data directly from institutions to compile our rankings by subject which removes a major data collection and validation overhead. However, the scale of the output, in our terms is vast. Our main ranking aggregates performance […]

Changes to the ranges…

Another FAQ we’ve been receiving since the new Fact Files were distributed relates to the planned publishing ranges. In previous year’s we have published the indicator list down to 300, with any falling outside this range carrying a 301+. With more institutions than ever involved this year, we have taken the step to provide further […]

If we were to rank critics…

Benjamin Disraeli once said, “How much easier it is to be critical, than to be correct” and the recent interchange QS has enjoyed with one of its foremost critics in the pages of The Australian brings forth an idea. Not an idea that I would expect to see-through but an idea that represents an interesting framework […]