After Rankings Slump, Third-Level Has to Be an Election Issue – Now, Not in May 2020

Posted in Governance and administration on September 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“If it’s fair to say this week has been pretty dismal for higher education in Ireland, then it’s hard to imagine what the mood must have been like in the Provost’s House. On Wednesday we discovered that the College, Ireland’s top-ranked university, had tumbled 44 places in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, to an all-time low of 164th …” (more)

[University Times, 15 September]

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Irish Universities Rankings – a reality check

Posted in Governance and administration on September 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“So the THES rankings are out and as has become the norm the fall in rankings of Irish universities has caused an outpouring of angst, breast beating, and general melancholia. It is described as a ‘Crisis’, a ‘disaster’ and such other apocalyptic monikers. But what is the truth? …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 14 September]

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The Radio, The Universities and The Culture in Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration on September 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Yesterday at the end of a busy week I finally got round to booking a ticket for next Friday’s Culture Night performance at the National Concert Hall in Dublin. That will be my first concert of the new season and I’m looking forward to it. Among other things, it gives me the chance to persevere with Brahms …” (more)

[In the Dark, 14 September]

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Are UK universities facing a terrible catastrophe?

Posted in Research on September 14th, 2019 by steve

“A repeated theme of mainstream media reporting on university rankings (nearly always QS or THE) is that Brexit has inflicted, is inflicting, or is surely going to inflict great damage on British education and the universities because they will not get any research grants from the European Union or be able to network with their continental peers …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 14 September]

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University funding and global rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on September 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Carl O’Brien reports (News, September 12th) on the continuing decline of our universities in international rankings. Fine Gael politicians have been forming an orderly queue to tell us that university registration fees will not be increased and that a student loan scheme will not be introduced (News, August 12th) …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 14 September]

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After Rankings Slump, Trinity Must Focus on Its Education – Not Its Brand

Posted in Governance and administration on September 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Yesterday it was announced that Trinity has fallen 44 places in the Times Higher Education World University rankings. Although a steady decline over the past number of years means that the further drop certainly wasn’t a surprise, 44 places is a significant amount that cannot be merely attributed to a flawed ranking system …” (more)

[Aoife Kearins, University Times, 12 September]

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Ignore university rankings, but make higher education an election issue

Posted in Governance and administration on September 13th, 2019 by steve

International“The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) recently got some good news after a few weeks of scandal management. It continues to be in the top 10 universities, according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. That’s despite recently having to apologize for concealing donations it received from financier Jeffrey Epstein, who pleaded guilty to soliciting a minor 10 years before his recent jail-cell suicide …” (more)

[Michelle Stack, The Conversation, 12 September]

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Other Universities Are ‘Passing Us By’ in Rankings, Warns Research Dean

Posted in Governance and administration on September 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s Dean of Research, Linda Doyle, today warned that universities across the world are passing Trinity by, after the College slumped by 44 positions to 164th in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings …” (more)

[Cathal Byrne, University Times, 12 September]

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University rankings may not be perfect, but they do matter in globalised world

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

Ireland“Global university rankings matter. Real or not, perceptions matter. In a globalised world, they matter when it comes to competing for research funding from multinational corporations, or other sources that want to believe they are investing in the best talent and infrastructure to optimise the outcomes. Irish graduates have also found they matter to prospective employers, in the US and elsewhere around the world …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 12 September]

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Trinity drop in world list sparks row over funding

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

Ireland“A new controversy is erupting over State funding for university researchers after Trinity College Dublin (TCD) dropped 44 places in the latest annual global rankings. In a further blow to the nation’s higher education reputation, the only Irish entry in the world’s top 200 tumbled from 120th to 164th in the UK-based Times Higher Education table …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 12 September]

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TCD’s falling rankings: ‘It does not give me confidence in the Irish system’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Zoe Ellingboe almost didn’t go to Trinity. The first-year theoretical physics student was close to making the jump to university abroad, due to Irish institutes slipping in higher education rankings. ‘Trinity was the centre of theoretical physics during the 1800s, and they were very much toting that when we had our first Introduction to Physics – which sounded really cool, except [for] the fact that the thing they’re most proud of is in the 1800s’, she said …” (more)

[Sarah Mooney, Irish Times, 11 September]

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World University Rankings 2020: Trinity College drops 44 places in further blow to Ireland’s reputation

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

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin has dropped 44 places in the latest global university rankings, in a further blow to Ireland’s reputation on the world stage. It has sparked a call on Government from the 427-year-old university for a national strategy on rankings to reverse the ongoing decline in the nation’s standing …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 11 September]

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Irish universities tread water while rivals make waves

Posted in Governance and administration on September 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The flaws with college rankings are well documented. They are produced by commercial organisations which sell their expertise on how to perform better. They ignore key aspects of college life such as the quality of teaching and learning. And the science behind some of the indicators is suspect, at best. But there is no denying their influence …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 11 September]

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Trinity College calls for university rankings strategy after falling 44 places in worldwide list

Posted in Governance and administration on September 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin has called for a ‘national strategy for university rankings’ after dropping 44 places in the World University Rankings today. The university is now rated as 164th best in the world in the Times Higher Education list compared with 120th last year …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 11 September]

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Finer and finer rankings prove anything you want

Posted in Governance and administration on September 7th, 2019 by steve

International“If you take a single metric from a single ranking and do a bit of slicing by country, region, subject, field and/or age there is a good chance that you can prove almost anything, for example that the University of the Philippines is a world beater for medical research. Here is another example …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 7 September]

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Higher Education Crisis a Risk to Economy, says Government Report

Posted in Governance and administration on August 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The ongoing funding crisis in higher education poses a risk to Ireland’s future, according to a new report published by the government. First published in 2014, the annual national risk assessment identifies geopolitical, economic, social, environmental and technological risks that Ireland faces …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 7 August]

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A degree of reality is needed about whether college courses are really worth taking

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“More money is needed so our universities are not left to crumble. Third-level funding stands at €138m less than what is needed to cater for our rapidly expanding student numbers. But where should the money come from? And how many graduates do we need? Isn’t it time to question our obsession with herding every young person off to college at the taxpayers’ expense? …” (more)

[Lorraine Courtney, Independent, 29 July]

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Trinity 37th in Times Higher Education Teaching Rankings

Posted in Teaching on July 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity is 37th in the Times Higher Education European teaching rankings for 2019, climbing significantly from last year. The 2018 pilot rankings saw College fall into the 51st–75th category …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 4 July]

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The Influence of rankings revisited

Posted in Governance and administration on June 30th, 2019 by steve

International“Rankings are everywhere. Like a cleverly constructed virus they are all over the place and are almost impossible to delete. They are used for immigration policy, advertising, promotion, and recruitment …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 30 June]

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Universities and world rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on June 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Prof William Reville notes that many institutes of technology such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the California Institute of Technology achieved top ranking in the latest QS World University Rankings …” (more)

[Cormac O’Raifeartaigh, Irish Times, 28 June]

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