Wolverhampton University: What are you hiding?
From January 2010 onwards the University has not appeared in any league tables. These tables disadvantage universities such as Wolverhampton and do not represent a fair picture of our strengths. There are many published assessments of our performance.
But what are Wolverhampton trying to hide when, in fact, every other university appears on the league tables? I’m going to annoy several prospective or current students when I say this, but being near the bottom of the pile is probably the reason for this decision. These tables are important as indicators for prospective students to get an idea of how the institution performs, its student success rates and how satisfied students are with the course, facilities and tutors.
Now, I’m sure Wolverhampton is a fantastic university with many pluses and credits to its name. But it does uphold suspicion when other universities declare their league table rankings. Perhaps it’s a matter of embarrassment for the university finding itself near the bottom of the league table in terms of overall performance, which could be an indicator for someone with very good A-levels to choose another university.
It still amazes me how people are saying ‘it’s easier at Wolverhampton’ or ‘I’m only going for the parties’ – when you get to university I just hope you enjoy reading, visiting the library, writing essays, revision and the rest of it. Of course, there are increasing drop-out rates and university isn’t for everyone; even the most ambitious students have dropped out of university in the first year.
In fact, there are shocking statistics of students who drop out during the first year; it can be a shock to the system even between freshers fayres and events. However, I do know Wolverhampton is rated high for its sport and education courses, but this still puzzles me as to why they have pulled out of such a scheme.
So, Wolverhampton may have a good reputation, but now it’s even harder to decide…