LSE Overtakes Oxford For #2 Spot Behind Cambridge

According to the Complete University Guide, an independently published and trusted ranking, LSE has broken the ranks of Oxbridge to be named as the #2 university in the U.K.

A decline in the job prospects of Oxford's graduates contributed to its slide from second place in last year's table. The prospects of Cambridge leavers suffered a lesser fall while the LSE, which concentrates on a narrower range of subjects, bucked the recession by increasing graduate employment rates.It is the first time in the 15-year history of the tables, which rank universities on a range of measures including research quality, entry standards, staff-to-student ratios and job prospects, Oxford has been beaten by the LSE.

What are your thoughts? Do you agree/disagree?

It seems that LSE's rise in the rankings is due to the high employment rate of its graduates.


Across all universities in the list, 63.7 per cent of leavers from the class of 2010 were working in graduate-level jobs or taking further qualifications six months after graduating. In contrast, the LSE boasted the highest employment rate, with 87.8 per cent of graduates in good jobs or further study six months later - up from 84.1 per cent last year.

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Comments (12)

Apr 26, 2012 - 2:58am
melvvvar:
magazines' school rankings are silly. penis measuring contests have greater quantitative rigor.

Maybe so, but it seems that employment led to LSE's rise. So maybe thats not so silly.

In UK Oxbridge has a stranglehold on the top university education so for another university to break the top two in just one ranking is quite amazing.

And rankings will always be important, especially for foreign applicants.

Apr 25, 2012 - 11:49pm

Do they though?

Someone needs to make the entirely subjective decision of how the length measurement and girth measurement will be weighted toward the total score and final contest ranking.

Apr 26, 2012 - 1:15am

lulz, the only number that matters is the number of women you have bedded...

On topic, rankings are largely useless b/c it should only consider one of the main points: attending a target school is to have access to the network and career services.

fuck being able to do research in Honduras on the back of a goat...

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Apr 26, 2012 - 4:09am

My personal theory is that Oxbridge has traditionally fed a lot of people into the public service - politicians, MI5 analysts, what have you. Combine that with the fact that the austerity measures being put in place would bite down on the public sector most quickly, and you get Oxbridge facing rising unemployment.

Don't ask me if I can back that shit up, though.

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Apr 26, 2012 - 8:21am

I am so proud. This is my school. :D

Yet I'm in the (100% - 87.8%) even with an expected first and good EC's. looool

Edit: LSE is ridiculously hard though - both academically and doing well without all the London distractions - so I'm sure they deserve it.

Apr 26, 2012 - 6:48pm
Angus Macgyver:
Is it ridiculously hard? Those of my friends who made it in there said it wasn't too tough. Might be because they're smarty-pantses who were able to get in even as internationals, though. Also... Asian blood?

I go to a non-target, because I wasn't smart enough for a good college :

I think it can be hard. It depends on your degree/classes/how much you try.

At the end of the day its one test at the end of the year. One of my buddies went back for his masters at LSE and said one kid went to a handful of classes, mainly traveled around Europe, passed his tests and picked up his degree.

I bet there are some kids that just fly in for final exams.

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Apr 26, 2012 - 10:42pm
FinanceStudent28:
Angus Macgyver:
Is it ridiculously hard? Those of my friends who made it in there said it wasn't too tough. Might be because they're smarty-pantses who were able to get in even as internationals, though. Also... Asian blood?

I go to a non-target, because I wasn't smart enough for a good college :

I think it can be hard. It depends on your degree/classes/how much you try.

At the end of the day its one test at the end of the year. One of my buddies went back for his masters at LSE and said one kid went to a handful of classes, mainly traveled around Europe, passed his tests and picked up his degree.

I bet there are some kids that just fly in for final exams.

Heh. A friend of mine picked up a graduate-level course at MIT while still in his Freshman/Sophomore year, halfway through the semester. Studied the entire set of materials for the midterm in less than a week, and still topped the class.

Generally, I think I'm reasonably smart, but guys like that make me feel like Forrest Gump.

Apr 27, 2012 - 9:14pm

While I'm pleased that LSE beat out Oxford since it's my grad school, that rankings list is quite suspect. It changes year on year all the time so I really don't give it that much credence.

I think that Oxbridge has a slight to no advantage in name, however, location helps LSE beat them out in employment. Additionally, because London is about finance and LSE is about finance they make sweet banking love all the time. For consulting, i think Oxbridge a bit stronger but LSE still hangs in there and again since they're all in London, LSE tends to do a bit better.

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