University league tables often cause much argument, due to disagreements about the methodologies used to create them. This year?s Guardian league tables,,1595180,00.html are much the same, with London Metropolitan University refusing to appear in them due to a ?profound disagreements? with the way the study is conducted.
Imperial gets placed 5th overall, behind Oxford, Cambridge, LSE and UCL, despite having higher values for each separate ranking which makes up the total. Indeed, taking the individual rankings for staff quality, spend per student, graduate employment etc and employing the Guardian weightings gives a very different order.
In Engineering subjects, Imperial takes first place in "Computer Sciences and IT" and Civil Engineering, coming in second place for most others - although at the time of writing some areas such as Aeronautics were not shown on the website.
The Sussex Chemistry department, which faced closure before the Vice Chancellor was dragged in front of MPs to explain himself, is ranked third, just behind Imperial?s department.
The study was conducted by Campus Pi, the applied research department at Brunel University.