I ran into somebody at a conference recently who'd started a project (or is it a business?) which is a really neat example of the world of Web 2.0 and how users can drive information. On this website, students can record their impressions of their university across a range of criteria. It's a very simple idea, but allows students to get their views heard. We're all aware that students are arriving at university with higher expectations, partly as a result of tuition fees, and so this is probably a trend that will continue. Talking to early technology adopters, one of their driving reasons is to ensure that students have a positive perspective on their university, and see it as "leading edge" in technology terms. So it's nice to see that IT is one of the rankings!

It's interesting to note that UEA is top of all of the rankings in every category at the moment. There is a little bit of 'fraud' prevention built into the website, so that only users in the university (ie with a university IP address) can vote, but I wonder if there's a "we love UEA campaign" going on...