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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UCD School of Law ranked among top 50 worldwide

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

Ireland“The UCD Sutherland School of Law has placed 47th in the world in the latest Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings by subject. This is the second year in which THE have released subject rankings specifically for law and the first time the School has ranked. UCD is the only Irish university to have a law school ranked in the top 100 …” (more)

[Brían Donnelly, University Observer, 19 October]

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How many indicators do university rankings need?

Posted in Governance and administration on October 18th, 2018 by steve

International“The number of indicators used in international university rankings varies a lot. At one extreme we have the Russian Round University Rankings (RUR), which have 20 indicators. At the other, Nature Index and Reuters Top 100 Innovative Universities have just one …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 18 October]

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Third Level Quality Assurance Compliance

Posted in Governance and administration on October 18th, 2018 by steve

IrelandBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the extent to which third level education requires ongoing assessment and updating in line with best practice internationally in order to ensure the ability of graduates to compete internationally; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 16 October]

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Trinity rises in Social Science and Education rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on October 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Trinity has risen 23 places in Education in the 2019 Times Higher Education (THE) subject rankings, from 99 last year to 76 in the latest rankings released today. Trinity also saw a rise in its Social Sciences rankings, climbing up the ranks from 126-150 to 101-125.­ Its position in the Business and Economics rankings has remained stable in the 151-175 bracket …” (more)

[Lauren Boland, Trinity News, 17 October]

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Part-time Irish MBA programme scores highly worldwide

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

Ireland“The part-time executive MBA course at UCD Smurfit School in Dublin has been ranked at 68th best such programme in the world, up six places on last year. This is according to the 2018 Financial Times top 100 global executive MBA rankings, which analyses programmes based on several criteria, including career progress, quality of faculty, research and diversity …” (more)

[Charlie Taylor, Irish Times, 14 October]

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The link between rankings and standardised testing

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

International“The big hole in current international university rankings is the absence of anything that effectively measures the quality of graduates. Some rankings use staff student ratio or income as a proxy for the provision of resources, on the assumption that the more money that is spent or the more teachers deployed then the better the quality of teaching …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 11 October]

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Trinity Must Work Harder to Make Its Graduates Employable

Posted in Governance and administration on October 5th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Recently, QS Rankings released its annual list of the top 500 universities, ranked in order of the employability of their graduates. At first glance, this seemed to present good news for Trinity, as it improved on the previous year’s rank in this category …” (more)

[Paddy Mockler, University Times, 4 October]

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Ulster University: no need to back down

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

“Ulster University seems to have retracted the claim on its website that it is in the top 3% of universities in the world. Elsewhere it has apparently claimed to be in the top 2% …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 3 October]

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Here we go again: the THE citations indicator

Posted in Governance and administration on October 1st, 2018 by steve

International“The latest THE world rankings have just been announced. For most of the indicators there are few surprises. There are more universities from Japan in the rankings. Oxford is first, followed by Cambridge. The USA contributes the largest number of top universities. China rises steadily. India is as usual is a disappointment …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 1 October]

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League-Table Rankings, Sumo Style

Posted in Governance and administration on September 28th, 2018 by steve

“Most university rankings (U-Multirank is the big exception) take a league table format originally used by esteemed psychologist, eugenicist and baseball enthusiast James McKeen Cattell in his early rankings early 20th century (for more on Cattell see back here). One effects of borrowing league tables as a metaphor is that there is an implicit assumption that the inhabitants of that table are able to move up and down the league table as baseball or football teams do …” (more)

[Alex Usher, HESA, 28 September]

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