From the department of reaping what you sow:
Newcastle University vice-chancellor Nick Saunders says he is not surprised at the institution's disappointing ranking in the latest Good Universities Guide.
Compared to previous years, the university, in the New South Wales Hunter region, had a higher ranking for research performance and for graduates' chances of getting a job.
But the rankings slipped in the categories of educational experience and student outcomes.
Professor Saunders says the survey is based on information from graduating students in 2005 and things have improved a lot since then.
"This was a very difficult year for the university, so I think it's not surprising that the students have rated their experience overall at the university down on previous years," he said.
"On the other hand we've had an increase in our rating with regards to positive outcomes for graduates, like getting a job and starting salaries and the like, so that's a positive finding."