Where does prestige come from?: Age, IQ, research or money?

Posted in Governance and administration on January 12th, 2019 by steve

International“Prestige is a wonderful thing. Universities use it to attract capable students, prolific researchers, grants and awards and, of course, to rise in the global rankings. This post was inspired by a series of tweets that started with a claim that the prestige of universities was dependent on student IQ …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 12 January]

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Measuring What Matters: On the Tyranny of Academic Metrics

Posted in Research on December 28th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“As an academic, I’m acutely aware of my numbers. They are the measure of my worth. As of December 2018, I have published 34 peer-reviewed journal articles (not bad for my career stage?), 12 book chapters (okay, but there are more on the way!) …” (more)

[John Danaher, Philosophical Disquisitions, 27 December]

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UCC named one of the world’s ‘most sustainable’ universities

Posted in Governance and administration on December 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork (UCC) has become the only university in Ireland to make the top 10 in a list of the ‘greenest’ universities in the world. According to the UI GreenMetric World University 2018 ranking, which measured more than 700 institutions across 81 countries on how they perform across operations, educational and research activities, UCC is ninth best in the world for sustainability …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 20 December]

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The Future of Rankings is Excellent

Posted in Governance and administration on December 7th, 2018 by steve

International“I’ve been in Europe for most of the past two weeks on a number of rankings-related projects. And as a result of these travels, I’m more optimistic about international rankings than I have been for a long time. Here’s why. First of all, we are getting a lot of new data at the international level. There are two primary sources for this …” (more)

[Alex Usher, HESA, 7 December]

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2003-04: The Historical Hinge of International Rankings

Posted in Research on December 6th, 2018 by steve

International“Cast your minds back, if you will, by about 15 years. Paul Martin had yet to show us why great finance ministers make lousy Prime Ministers. The ghastly CROCS fad was still three years away. And in China, Professor Nian Cai Liu had just released the inaugural Academic Ranking of World Universities, known more colloquially as the Shanghai Rankings …” (more)

[Alex Usher, HESA, 6 December]

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Smurfit School climbs in European business table

Posted in Governance and administration on December 3rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“UCD Smurfit School has climbed one place to 23rd in the 2018 ‘Financial Times’ European Business Schools Rankings. The standings measure a school’s quality and range of programmes across a number of courses, including Master of business administration (MBA) and Master in management …” (more)

[Ellie Donnelly, Independent, 3 December]

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Interesting Times for Times Higher?

Posted in Governance and administration on December 3rd, 2018 by steve

International“Changes may be coming for the ‘universities Bible’, aka Times Higher Education, and its rankings, events, consultancies and so on. It seems that TES Global is selling off its very lucrative cash cow and that, in addition to private equity firms, the RELX group which owns Scopus and Clarivate Analytics are in a bidding war …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 3 November]

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IMI makes FT’s business school rankings for the first time

Posted in Governance and administration on December 3rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Management Institute has entered the Financial Times’ European Business Schools Rankings for the first time, becoming the highest new European entrant in this year’s list. The IMI, which merged with University College Cork in 2016, was ranked in 76th place out of 95 in Europe, in what is seen as a ‘ranking of rankings’ that measures the quality and breadth of programmes at various business schools …” (more)

[Charlie Taylor, Irish Times, 3 November]

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Bewailing Rankings, The Provost Tries to Rewrite History and Redefine His Legacy

Posted in Governance and administration on November 26th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“In March 2016, this Editorial Board remarked that it had become increasingly clear that university rankings were becoming the central element of Patrick Prendergast’s provostship – going so far as to say that they would end up being the thing he would be remembered for. After all, the undertakings that provosts are remembered for typically occur in the middle years of their 10-year term of office …” (more)

[University Times, 26 November]

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Provost says Trinity is ‘under-ranked’, as he presents new Strategic Plan

Posted in Governance and administration on November 19th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Trinity is ‘under-ranked’ compared to other universities, Provost Patrick Prendergast has said at an address to staff and students this afternoon. Prendergast has noted that this was his last ‘State of the College’ address before his tenure ends in 2021. Speaking in the Edmund Burke lecture theatre, Prendergast called Trinity’s drop in the rankings a ‘paradox’ …” (more)

[Niamh Lynch, Ciaran Sunderland and Aisling Grace, Trinity News, 19 November]

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British universities fall behind in employability rankings as foreign institutions teach courses in English

Posted in Governance and administration on November 15th, 2018 by steve

“British universities are falling behind in employability rankings as foreign institutions increasingly use English. The UK’s position in The Times Higher Education’s (THE) Global Employability Rankings has declined more than any other European country in recent years …” (more)

[Camilla Turner, Telegraph, 15 November]

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Trinity is only Irish college in global top 150

Posted in Governance and administration on November 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin is ranked 120th in a global graduate employability table, the only Irish university in the world’s top 150. The survey is based on the opinions of 7,000 recruitment and international managers from major businesses, canvassed by human resources firm Emerging …” (more)

[Independent, 15 November]

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THE uncovers more pockets of research excellence

Posted in Governance and administration, Research on November 15th, 2018 by steve

International“I don’t want to do this. I really would like to start blogging about whether rankings should measure third missions or developing metrics for teaching and learning. But I find it difficult to stay away from the THE rankings, especially the citations indicator …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 15 November]

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Top jobs have to change so that women, and men, can get a life

Posted in Governance and administration on November 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The proposal was always going to be crazy but what makes it insulting is its timing, writes Victoria White. The commitment by Mary Mitchell O’Connor, the minister of state at the Department of Education with special responsibility for higher education, to create 45 women-only professorships in our third level institutions at the cost of €6m per annum comes when these institutions are struggling for their lives …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 15 November]

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A modest suggestion for THE

Posted in Governance and administration on November 11th, 2018 by steve

International“A few years ago the Shanghai rankings did an interesting tweak on their global rankings. They deleted the two indicators that counted Nobel and Fields awards and produced an Alternative Ranking. There were some changes. The University of California San Diego and the University of Toronto did better while Princeton and Vanderbilt did worse …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 11 November]

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AIT takes top spot for student satisfaction and research

Posted in Life on November 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Students studying at Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) are among the most satisfied in Ireland, according to The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019 released at the weekend …” (more)

[Athlone Advertiser, 8 November]

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UCD Agriculture Science ranked in top 20 in the world

Posted in Governance and administration on November 6th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Agriculture Science at UCD placed 19th on the list which was compiled by US News and World Reports and was also named among the top five universities to study agriculture science in Europe. UCD was the only Irish institution to make the list …” (more)

[Claire Fox, Independent, 6 November]

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Ranking Rankings; Measuring Stability

Posted in Governance and administration on November 2nd, 2018 by steve

International“I have noticed that some rankings are prone to a large amount of churning. Universities may rise or fall dozens of places over a year, sometimes as a result of methodological changes, changes in the number or type of universities ranked, errors and corrections of errors (fortunately rare these days), changes in data collection and reporting procedures, or because there is a small number of data points …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 3 November]

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University of Limerick named Irish University of the Year

Posted in Governance and administration on November 2nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“University of Limerick has been named Irish University of the Year for 2019. The Sunday Times Good University Guide has ranked UL as the country’s best university for the second time in five years. Factors such as UL’s graduate employability and internship programme were highlighted by the judges, as well as the university’s new €31m Glucksman Library …” (more)

[Stephen McNeice, Newstalk, 2 November]

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Is THE going to reform its methodology?

Posted in Governance and administration on October 29th, 2018 by steve

International“An article by Duncan Ross in Times Higher Education (THE) suggests that the World University Rankings are due for repair and maintenance. He notes that these rankings were originally aimed at a select group of research orientated world class universities but THE is now looking at a much larger group that is likely to be less internationally orientated, less research based and more concerned with teaching …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 29 October]

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