Monday, 31 May 2010

What interested me in May

Sunday, 30 May 2010

Times Good University Guide 2011

Unfortunately, the full ranking is not freely available: however the top 25 universities can be found here.

Thursday, 20 May 2010

Complete University Guide 2011

It's the time of the year of the university rankings. The first one is the one sponsored by the Independent (available here and the corresponding article here). The Guardian and Times League Tables will follow in the next few weeks.

Saturday, 15 May 2010

New Citation Ranking of UK Universities (Law)

A few days ago I posted a ranking that showed how often, in absolute terms, UK universities are mentioned in US law reviews (available here). The following presents an improved version of this ranking since it shows the hits per research-active member of staff.

1. London School of Economics (25.45)
2. University of Cambridge (15.85)
3. University of Oxford (12.73)
4. University College London (12.09)
5. University of Sussex (7.94)
6. University of Edinburgh (7.82)
7. University of Birmingham (7.39)
8. School of Oriental and African Studies (6.72)
9. University of Newcastle (6.62)
10. University of Essex (6.4)
11. University of Nottingham (5.93)
12. University of Reading (5.91)
13. Cardiff University (University of Wales, Cardiff) (5.68)
14. University of Strathclyde (5.38)
15. Birkbeck College (5.35)
16. Kings College London (5.08)
17. University of East Anglia (4.94)
18. University of Warwick (4.81)
19. University of Durham (4.72)
20. University of Sheffield (4.63)
21. University of Kent (4.56)
22. University of Dundee (4.52)
23. University of Glasgow (4.33)
24. University of Manchester (4.30)
25. Oxford Brookes University (4.25)
26. University of Leeds (4.20)
27. University of Leicester (4.15)
28. University of Bristol (4.07)
29. Queen Mary University (3.95)
30. University of Hull (3.87)
31. University of Exeter (3.7)
32. Keele University (3.67)
33. University of Liverpool (3.60
34. Aberystwyth University (University of Wales, Aberystwyth) (3.59)
35. University of Aberdeen (3.26)
36. University of Ulster (3.24)
37. Queen's University of Belfast (2.95)
38. Lancaster University (2.78)
39. University of Southampton (2.53)
40. Brunel University (2.30)
41. University of Westminster (2.11)
42. Swansea University (University of Wales, Swansea) (1.85)
Unranked: University of Stirling, City University (London), University of Abertay Dundee, University of Wolverhampton, University of the West of England, De Montfort University, University of Salford, Nottingham Trent University, Middlesex University, University of Central Lancashire, London Metropolitan University, University of Glamorgan, University of Lincoln, Glasgow Caledonian University, Kingston University, Robert Gordon University, University of Greenwich, Sheffield Hallam University, University of Sunderland, Napier University, Bournemouth University, Coventry University, University of the West of Scotland, Southampton Solent University

A few more words on my method: first, I counted the number of times these universities were mentioned in US law reviews between 1 January 2000 and 31 December 2009, using Westlaw’s JLR database. I have only searched for the full names of the universities (see above), so not, for instance abbreviations or other modifications (e.g., LSE instead of London School of Economics, or Oxford University instead of University of Oxford). For the Welsh universities I have considered that their names have changed during the observation period. Second, I tried to take into account the differences in the number of academics per law school/faculty. The results of the Research Assessment Exercise 2008 (available here) report the number of “FTE Category A staff submitted”. A problem is that universities were not required to submit all members of academic staff: some universities submitted almost everyone whereas others omitted members of staff who did not produce at least medium-quality research. To control for this point, I have omitted the unclassified and 1* performers from the number of academics per law school/faculty. In substance this means that the ranking only considers research-active members of staff, omitting law teachers with no or minor research ambitions. A side effect was for 25 out of 67 universities the number of academics dropped below 10. These universities (mainly former politechnics) have been left unranked.

Then, how can this ranking be interpreted? Law review articles may mention the names of universities for various reasons but the main one is presumably that authors are either academics from these universities or hold degrees from them. Thus, the ranking can be seen as showing how influential ideas deriving from these universities are. A necessary caveat is that I only considered US law reviews which may be regarded as an imperfect proxy. However, I would suggest that, at least, this provides a more accurate picture than alternative “countings”, such as Webometrics (available here).

Friday, 14 May 2010

Citation Ranking of UK Universities (Law)

1. University of Oxford (1258)
2. University of Cambridge (1250)
3. London School of Economics (1168)
4. University College London (494)
5. University of Edinburgh (345)
6. University of Nottingham (259)
7. Kings College London (247)
8. University of Manchester (240)
9. University of Warwick (192)
10. Queen Mary University (174)
11. University of Birmingham (173)
12. University of Bristol (161)
13. University of Kent (152)
14. University of Glasgow (148)
15. University of Essex (144)
16. University of Leicester (140)
17. University of Durham (139)
18. Cardiff University (University of Wales, Cardiff) (135)
19. University of Sussex (135)
20. University of Sheffield (126)
21. University of Leeds (125)
22. University of Dundee (122)
23. School of Oriental and African Studies (120)
24. University of Reading (117)
25. University of Newcastle (107)
26. Queen's University of Belfast (101)
27. University of Strathclyde (96)
28. University of Aberdeen (94)
29. Keele University (81)
30. University of Hull (79)
30. University of East Anglia (79)
32. University of Southampton (77)
33. Birkbeck College (73)
34. University of Exeter (72)
35. University of Ulster (70)
36. University of Liverpool (69)
37. Brunel University (60)
38. Lancaster University (55)
39. University of Westminster (52)
40. Aberystwyth University (University of Wales, Aberystwyth) (49)
40. Middlesex University (49)
42. University of Stirling (48)
43. Oxford Brookes University (47)
44. Nottingham Trent University (45)
45. Swansea University (University of Wales, Swansea) (44)
46. University of East London (40)
47. London Metropolitan University (36)
48. City University London (34)
49. University of Central Lancaster (26)
50. University of the West of England (21)
50. De Montfort University (21)
52. University of Glamorgan (20)
53. University of Wolverhampton (18)
53. Sheffield Hallam University (18)
55. Glasgow Caledonian University (15)
55. Kingston University (15)
55. Coventry University (15)
58. Robert Gordon University (14)
59. University of Salford (13)
59. University of Greenwich (13)
61. University of Lincoln (12)
61. University of Sunderland (12)
63. Napier University (6)
63. Bournemouth University (6)
65. University of Abertay Dundee (3)
66. University of the West of Scotland (1)
67. Southampton Solent University (0)

Basis: number of times these universities were mentioned in US law reviews between 1 January 2000 and 31 December 2009, using Westlaw’s JLR database (see numbers in brackets). It does not look too wrong but there are various problems with such an approach, for instance, it does not take into account the number of academics per law school/faculty. I will therefore post another ranking in the next few days (now available here).

Friday, 7 May 2010

(Law) Journal Ranking of Australian Research Council (ARC)

DISCLAIMER: please see also my more recent post on 
‘The problems with law journal rankings’
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A while ago I blogged about different law journal rankings (here). Now, the Australian Research Council has published an updated ranking (available here). Since they cover all disciplines, it’s a bit difficult to find and compare journals. I have therefore extracted the law journals: the resulting ranking is available here. Needless to say that one could endlessly discuss the accuracy of such a ranking. Still, I find it an interesting attempt.

Saturday, 1 May 2010

What interested me in April