University Of Bristol QS World Ranking
The QS World University Rankings® are designed to help prospective students make informed comparisons of leading universities around the world. Based on six performance indicators, the ranking assesses university performance across four areas: research, teaching, employability and internationalization.
Each of the six indicators carries a different weighting when calculating the overall scores (see below). Four of the indicators are based on ‘hard’ data, and the remaining two are based on major global surveys – one of academics and another of employers – each the largest of their kind.
In 2013, QS became the first compiler of international rankings to be independently audited and approved by the IREG Observatory on Academic Rankings and Excellence. Alongside the QS World University Rankings, the “IREG Approved” label is also carried by the QS University Rankings: Asia and the QS University Rankings: Latin America.
Academic reputation (40%)
Academic reputation is measured using a global survey, in which academics are asked to identify the institutions where they believe the best work is currently taking place within their own field of expertise. The aim is to give prospective students a sense of the consensus of opinion within the international academic community. For the 2016-17 edition, a total of 74,651 academics contributed. Regional weightings are applied to counter any discrepancies in response rates.
Employer reputation (10%)
The employer reputation indicator is also based on a global survey, this time asking employers to identify the universities they perceive to be producing the best graduates. This indicator is unique among international university rankings. Its purpose is to give students a better sense of how universities are viewed in the graduate jobs market. A higher weighting is given to votes for universities that come from employers based in other countries, so this indicator is especially useful for prospective students seeking to identify institutions with a reputation that extends beyond their national borders. The 2016-17 edition draws on responses from 37,781 graduate employers.