Performance Indicators

Planning and Council Secretariat (PACS) monitors and provides internal briefings on selected publications which use university data.

HESA Performance Indicators

Each year, the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) publishes a set of performance indicators for all UK higher education institutions. These generally cover areas such as widening access and participation, student retention and success rates, employment statistics, and research performance. The indicators are based on student, staff and finance data returns all higher education institutions are required to make to HESA each year.

League Tables

A number of national and international league tables are published by various organisations, including newspapers.  These generate significant media attention and play a role in informing student choice.

League Tables Briefings

Publication Dates (expected)

League Table Name Expected Publication Date
QS World University Rankings by Subject 4 March 2020
Complete University Guide Beginning of May
Guardian University Guide Beginning of June
QS World University Rankings Mid-June
Academic Ranking of World Universities 15 August
Times Higher Education World University Rankings Mid-September

The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide

Middle/end of September
Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject Published at various points during October and November


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