Queen's University Belfast slips nine places in table
Queen's University Belfast has fallen nine places in a national newspaper's guide for students.
Last year Queen's was ranked at 29, entering the top 30 of the Sunday Times university guide for the first time in a decade, but this year its position has slumped to 38.
Meanwhile, the University of Ulster had a triumph, climbing from 73 last year to 69 this year.
The Sunday Times guide explained that Queen's had slipped with satisfaction scores in the National Student survey, dipping against an upward trend elsewhere. The guide also pointed out that Queen's achieved one of the biggest rise in applications at any university last year, and that undergraduate intake grew by 15%.
Queen's Students' Union President Ciaran Gallagher was quoted in the supplement saying that the downside was that with most students going home at the weekend, the campus can be quiet.
A spokeswoman for Queen's said it had improved its position in the global rankings. "There are many national and international university league tables, all of which use slightly different measures and weightings," she said.
"A disconnect occurs when these measures are applied differently, meaning the ranking of individual institutions will change. She added: "Students are best advised to use a much wider range of information, other than league tables, in order to identify the university which appears to best suit their interest and ambition."