UK University Twitter Rankings: w/c 24 October 2011

It’s time to update the only university league tables that anyone really cares about – our UK University Twitter Rankings. As always, we’re looking only at the primary Twitter accounts of the leading UK universities in the Russell and 1994 Groups (see our original post for the limitations of this approach, and why this is really a bit of informative fun).

Not much change at the very top and very bottom, with Oxford University and The University of York holding on to their top spots, whilst the Institute of Education, Newcastle University and The University of Manchester still languish at the bottom. Maybe the latter could do with a bit of Professor Brian Cox’s magic space dust…

The biggest climber in the last fortnight has been Lancaster University (up a whopping 10 places). Our prediction last time that The University of East Anglia would find themselves in the top 10 proved to be true; they climbed 6 places, as did University of Leicester.

The biggest faller has been Cardiff University, dropping a full third of the table in two weeks. What did they do wrong?

University Account PeerIndex Klout Combined
1 = Oxford University @uniofoxford 57 56 113
2 = University of York @uniofyork 61 49 110
3 +1 Cambridge University @cambridge_uni 50 56 106
-1 University College London @uclnews 52 54 106
5 +6 University of East Anglia @uniofeastanglia 43 59 102
+5 Edinburgh University @uniofedinburgh 46 56 102
7 +1 Warwick University @warwickuni 46 54 100
-2 University of Leeds @universityleeds 47 53 100
9 -1 Glasgow University @glasgowuni 43 56 99
-3 University of Bath @uniofbath 46 53 99
11 +1 University of Exeter @uniofexeter 45 52 97
-5 Sheffield University @sheffielduni 42 55 97
13 +1 Nottingham University @uniofnottingham 38 56 94
+1 University of Birmingham @unibirmingham 37 57 94
15 +10 Lancaster University @lancasteruni 42 50 92
16 -2 Imperial College London @imperialcollege 39 52 91
17 +1 Kings College London @kingscollegelon 38 52 90
+1 University of Sussex @sussexuni 35 55 90
19 +3 University of St Andrews @univofstandrews 41 47 88
+3 Goldsmiths College London @goldsmithsuol 39 49 88
-5 Queen Mary University London @qmul 36 52 88
22 -1 University of Essex @uni_of_essex 36 50 86
23 +6 University of Leicester @uniofleicsnews 37 48 85
24 = University of Southampton @southamptonnews 40 44 84
-6 University of Liverpool @livuni 31 53 84
26 -13 Cardiff University @cardiffuni 30 51 81
27 -1 London School of Economics @lsenews 29 50 79
28 = School of Oriental and African Studies London @soasnewsroom 33 45 78
-1 University of Surrey @uniofsurrey 28 50 78
30 +5 Royal Holloway London @royalholloway 30 44 74
31 -2 Bristol University @bristoluni 20 51 71
32 +3 Durham University @durham_uni 20 48 68
33 -1 Birkbeck College London @birkbecknews 14 45 59
-1 Queen’s University Belfast @queensubelfast 13 46 59
35 -3 University of Reading @unirdg_news 11 47 58
36 -5 Loughborough University @lborouniversity 12 45 57
37 = Institute of Education London @ioe_london 9 42 51
38 = University of Manchester @admissionsuom 7 37 44
39 = Newcastle University @newunipress 7 36 43

 

As always, if you represent any of these institutions and have any questions or comments about the rankings, please leave a comment or drop me an email at [email protected].

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2 Responses to “UK University Twitter Rankings: w/c 24 October 2011”

  1. Lucy Temple January 26, 2012 at 2:29 pm #

    Interesting, but why weren’t new universities looked at? You might even find they are using Twitter more effectively ;-)

    • Niall Cook January 26, 2012 at 6:07 pm #

      Hi Lucy. Nothing sinister going on. We just looked at the members of the 1994 and Russell Groups. If there’s a manageable list of the “new” universities we’d happily consider looking at those too. I’m sure we would see some differences.

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