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Global rivals pull regional universities down rankings


Helen Warrell  

Financial Times

6 March 2014


Paul Woodgates, an education expert at PA Consulting Group, comments on the latest Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings which revealed that top universities in the UK are going down the international league table as the US dominates and institutions in the Far East are pushed up the rank.

Paul explains that the rankings of the past few years had shown that the world of the university becoming ‘more and more competitive’. “The UK has not had the best of years but that’s probably more to do with others getting better than the UK getting worse,” says Paul.

Paul added that the decline of Britain’s regional universities might not affect British students’ decisions on where to apply, but it would sway international students and international research funders. “That’s a big problem for the regions, because like it or not, those abroad think the UK means London,” says Paul.


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