League tables can also provide you with all sorts of detailed information. If you’re working with students with physical restrictions, advising them to look at the dedicated entries for each institution will help them consider accessibility, which can drastically affect quality of life at university. Look into campus accommodation too, for ramps, lifts, doors and so forth.
Most universities will have an equality manager who will be pleased to answer any direct questions or give clarification. University should present challenges, but a disability shouldn’t be one of them. The University of Nottingham (19th) is “committed to providing disabled students with access to its residential and teaching buildings and other facilities”.
The Higher Education Funding Council for England – HEFCE – continues to put the spotlight on the subjects of disability and inequality, and consistently continue to research, fund and support institutions in this regard. Ongoing development that drives change is used to benefit the individual student, and society as a whole.
Helping out a prospective student to choose a university is not the end of the story, rather just the beginning. Using the league tables simply makes it easier to understand exactly what’s on offer, and where best to find it. Of course, the league tables themselves will not tell all of the story – often a lower ranking university will be the perfect choice for a particular student, based on an exemplary course in a specific subject, or how flexible they might be.
Encouraging a good spread of range of choice, rather than a fixation of a particular university that perhaps a parent or older sibling is keener on. Offer choice, and open their eyes to different possibilities. This is also key to helping a student find their dream place, and their next step in life.