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The rank smell of success

WE draw readers' attention to the publication of the "top 100" British universities by our esteemed stablemate The Times last week.

Based on a list of criteria ranging from teaching assessments to graduate destinations, it adjudges that there are no Scottish establishments in the top 10. But then neither are there any from Ireland or Wales.

The highest ranked Caledonian yooni is St Andrews at number 11 followed by Edinburgh (14), Aberdeen (20) and Glasgow (27), with the others between 31 and 91.

Among "the rest" Strathclyde can take credit for being number three in the country for building courses; Robert Gordon is fifth for food science; and, as befits an organisation with campuses 25 miles apart, Paisley is 17th for land and property management.

In the "student popularity" category, Edinburgh comes out eighth while Oxford and Cambridge don't make the top 10, presumably because many young people think it's a waste of time applying.

Another Scottish connection is that the exercise was carried out in association with PricewaterhouseCoopers which produced the post-McCrone job-sizing "tool-kit".

We can only surmise as to whether the yooni league tables will create as much angst in the groves of academe as the tool-kit is causing in Scottish staffrooms.

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