The  2016 Academic Ranking of World Universities results landed this morning, and the news isn’t great for UWA. After a run of scoring in the high eighties, we now place at 96 (back where we were in 2012) – dropping nine from last year. Still in the top 100 then – but only by a scrape.

UWA’s ARWU Rankings 2003-2016 (ARWU website)

Not so much a day of shuffling about in glum despair as for the University of Wollongong though, which has stumbled down a very steep 69-step staircase to lie bruised at level 332. No doubt thinking about where it all went wrong.

On the international scene, to nobody’s surprise, Harvard again takes home academic gold – maintaining a winning streak unbroken since the league table began in 2003.

For the full list of rankings for Australian Universities, check today’s special bumper edition of Campus Morning Mail, with analysis by Kylie Colvin.

Words by Kate Prendergast