Rankings rankle 4

May 28, 2004

I have to confess that I like league tables. I also have an intense dislike for information that is misleading - and your tables are about as misleading as they can be. Some of the data are missing. Some (the TQA scores) are out of date. And just what are you measuring: research quality or teaching capability? In my own discipline, built environment, I don't think a single academic would recognise this table as meaning anything at all.

Allan Ashworth
Professor of built environment
Salford University

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