University of Bolton bosses hit back at 'unreliable' tables after guide rates it third worst in the country
LEAGUE tables are “unreliable” and descrimintate against teaching-focused facilities, according to the University of Bolton.
The university continues to be ranked as one of the worst in the country after coming bottom in the North West in the latest guide to universities.
The local university has been ranked third worst in the country — 119 — by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2014.
It was ranked second to bottom last year.
But university bosses have defended its reputation stating league tables are not a true reflection of universities.
The town's university comes bottom of a list of 11 regional institutions.
Pro Vice Chancellor, Professor Rob Campbell, said: “League tables are not a reliable guide to a university’s strengths and weaknesses.
“They measure the performance of an institution on a specific range of criteria, many of which are not the main priority of teaching-focused universities like ours.
“Depending on which criteria are chosen, different league tables give different results and small differences in what is being measured can have a substantial effect on relative positions.” The University of Bolton, which was awarded university status in 2004, has fared badly against the nearby Universities of Cumbria, Edge Hill and Chester, which is the top modern university in the region.
The guide is described as contain-ing full profiles of all universities.
The league table is drawn up from criteria including student satisfaction, research quality, graduate prospects, entrance qualifications held by new students, degree results achieved, student/staff ratios, service and facilities spend, and university dropout rates.
Prof Campbell added: “We are working to build successful employ-ment outcomes for our graduating students and we are investing on campus in new profession-focused degree courses.
“We work with employers to create courses and learning facilities right for industry in order to develop graduate success.
“These include the new Bolton Business School and the Centre for Advanced Perform-ance Engineering (CAPE), both of which opened this year.
“For all students, over the past year, we have introduced employability skills into all courses and started graduate summer schools to help graduates who want it boost their skills further.
“From this year all students will take part in two new employability weeks and we have increased one-to-one sessions with employment counsellors.”
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