Who Says League Tables Don’t Matter?

I’ve just received the latest issue of the University of Bath newsletter.  It begins:

Rankings & Awards

Bath in top ten in latest University Ranking
The University is ranked tenth in the UK in the 2012 Complete University Guide league table. We are ranked fifth in the UK for completion rates and nine in the UK for graduate prospects. The Accounting & finance and Social work degrees were both recognised as the best courses of their type in the UK.

People say that league tables don’t matter; they’re flawed; people will try to ‘game the system’, etc.  But in reality they do matter and they will be used.