King’s drops from 19th to 28th in 2015 league tables as student satisfaction plummets

KING’S has fallen from 19th to 28th in this year’s university league tables while student satisfaction levels plummet.

Headline figures include a massive fall in student satisfaction from 51st to 111th since 2012, putting King’s near the bottom of the pile of the 123 unis ranked.

However, graduate prospects are 7th in the country, beating UCL (9th), LSE (21st) and Oxford (14th).

The results, released yesterday by the Complete University Guide, include data taken from the National Student Survey (NSS), which students were strongly encouraged to fill in.

Longer term, King’s appears on a downward trend since reaching a 13th overall ranking in 2011.

Many league tables are released throughout the year, with King’s being ranked 19th in the world in the QS rankings last September.

The rankings take nine factors into consideration including research assessment (20th), student-staff ratio (4th), good honours (12th) and degree completion (25th).

Both KCLSU and King’s have been contacted for comment.

Data viz by Ben Jackson.

What do you think? Are league tables an accurate reflection of life at King’s or is it better than the stats suggest?


  1. Genevieve

    14 May, 2014 at 10:58 am

    Where are the infographics by Ben Jackson? :S It’s just a website-generated line graph. Durrrrrr

    • Genevieve

      14 May, 2014 at 4:41 pm

      You’ve changed the line saying Ben Jackson provided infographics now without saying why, I assume this has been done intentionally to make me look a fool and to discredit me in front of my peers. Please amend this immediately.

      • Ben Jackson

        20 May, 2014 at 4:35 pm


        In my view, an infographic can be anything from a bar chart up to a
        complex interactive map and beyond. But that’s up for debate. However, the work that goes into making even a simple graph isn’t to be sniffed at.

        I transcribed the data into a spreadsheet, before I pasting it into Datawrapper. Then I decided on the best way to visualise it through trial and error – the ‘student satisfaction over the years’ data as a line graph and this year’s Russell Group data in a simple data chart because it was much too cluttered as a line graph. I made six visualisations in total, including a comparison with our London rivals, graduate prospects in comparison with elite unis, and how the ‘golden triangle’ fared. Let me know if you’re interested to see those too. I hope I clarified things for you.

        Ben Jackson

        • Genevieve

          20 May, 2014 at 5:13 pm

          Bruv, chill, it’s a graph.

          • bob

            20 May, 2014 at 5:41 pm

            Lol you do the get stresseh!

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