(19 Sep 2020) From THE:
For the first time, we are publishing the methodology for the ranking in advance. This will give universities extra time to prepare the data and compile the evidence that they might want to select for submission.
The new methodology document is available here. It is mostly the same as the 2020 version, but we have simplified how questions are phrased to improve the consistency between the different metric scores.
One major adjustment is around the rules for participation. For the past two years, we have focused on undergraduate teaching institutions. We have allowed postgraduate-only institutions to participate, but in doing so they were at a disadvantage.
We have now changed the methodology to explicitly allow postgraduate universities to submit data. This means that some questions have been reworded. For example, when asking about students, we allow institutions to include students at all appropriate levels of study.
The full announcement can be found here.