Are you nerdier than a Royal Holloway student, Cambridge?
Compare yourself to national stats! (Surprise surprise, Oxonians are pretty average.)
A nationwide Tab survey reveals that the average student visits the library 57 times a year.
Data from Cambridge could not be collected, as collegiate libraries don’t tend to keep the relevant information, but the Nerd Index shows some surprising results, which might prove a shock for all you library dwellers.
Of the universities studied, top of the library league table is Royal Holloway, with 90 visits on average, while St Andrews round off the list with a measley 11.46. Perhaps that’s why Wills struggled to adapt to the rigours of Cantab life?
Through Freedom of Information requests, we established how many times the library at each university was accessed during the academic year 12/13.
The Nerd Index was then formed using our complex formula of dividing number of visits by the student population total.
Apart from Cambridge, Bristol and UWE were also unable to provide us with the data.
We know there will be obvious reasons for the variations, so please don’t bother commenting below about methodology.
Unis belonging to the prestigious Russell Group beat the national average by a fair distance, coming in at 61.67.
Sheffield lead the charge, with UCL and Imperial completing the top three.
Lowly Cardiff propped up the elite group with a measly score of 30.71, beating Birmingham to bottom spot who managed 41.1. Good job guys.
North vs. South
Taking Watford Gap as our dividing point for North and South, it seems the cold has been keeping people from studying.
With the national average at 57.25, Northern unis managed just 55.52. Sheffield (85.25) lead the way, followed by Leicester (76.82) and Liverpool (71.35).
But the scallywags at Lincoln (36.07), Hull (27.71) and St. Andrews (11.46) let the team down.
Southerners fared better, racking up a score of 59.3 to beat the national average.
Royal Holloway (90.47), UCL (79.73) and Imperial (71.38) lead the way, with Plymouth (48.4), Brookes (38.31) and Cardiff (30.71) having a laugh at the foot of the table.
How do you match up to these figures? Might it be–gasp, shock, horror!– that this is a league table which we don’t top? Let us know in the comments.