SIPTU calls for urgent action to end funding crisis for universities

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

“SIPTU has called for urgent action to tackle the funding crisis in higher education as the majority of third level institutions in Ireland continue to decline when ranked internationally against similar colleges. SIPTU Education Sector Organiser, Karl Byrne, said: …” (more)

[SIPTU, 7 June]

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FG cannot continue to be evasive on Higher Education funding

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

“Labour Party Education spokesperson, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin has said that unless the Minister for Education addresses the issues with higher education funding, the sector will remain stagnant. Senator Ó Ríordáin said: ‘While I am no fan of education ranking systems, the fact that Irish universities continue to fall in the QS World University Rankings, is a damning inditement of the lack of the lack of investment in the third level sector …'” (more)

[The Labour Party, 7 June]

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Fine Gael refusal to invest in education ‘undermines potential of young people and economy’ – Funchion

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

“Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson Kathleen Funchion has said Fine Gael’s attacks on essential public funding is undermining the potential of Ireland’s economy and young people, following news that 6 of Ireland’s top 8 Universities have fallen further in the QS World University Rankings, with Trinity College Dublin falling out of the Top 100. Deputy Funchion said: …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 7 June]

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IUA Statement in response to fall of Irish Universities in QS World University Rankings 2019

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

“The fall in international rankings by most Irish universities is disappointing but not a surprise. Irish universities have endured a decade of under-investment. The impact of the funding cuts over the years, while invisible in the short-term, are now being seen directly as our universities are out-performed by better funded international competitors …” (more)

[Irish Universities Association, 6 June]

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Cash crisis: universities lose final top 100 spot in world list

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

“There is now no Irish university in the world’s top 100 as the country’s higher education sector falls further in global rankings. Trinity College Dublin has dropped from 88th to 104th, while the country’s largest university, UCD, is down 25 places to 193rd, perilously close to being edged out of the top 200 …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 7 June]

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Fall of Irish universities in world rankings ‘disappointing but not a surprise’

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

“Irish Univeristies have fallen down in the global rankings, according to a report released tonight. Six of the eight top-ranked Irish universities have lost ground in the QS World University Rankings 2019. The rankings are based on a number of factors including academic and employer reputation …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 6 June]

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Majority of Irish universities tumble in world rankings

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

“All but two Irish universities have slipped again in a global ranking system that sees Trinity College Dublin drop out of the top 100. It was ranked 88th in the last QS World University Rankings but is now 104th, while University College Dublin fell from 168th to 193rd in the new ranking …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 7 June]

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Irish universities being left in the slipstream of our competitors

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

“International university rankings are deeply-flawed measures of third-level colleges, produced by commercial organisations. But there’s no escaping the fact that they are highly influential indicators which guide foreign investment and flows of international students. That’s why the latest set of university rankings have sparked alarm within higher education …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 6 June]

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No Irish university in the world’s top 100 as the country’s higher education sector falls further in global rankings

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

“There is no Irish university in the world’s top 100 as the country’s higher education sector falls further in global rankings. Trinity College Dublin has dropped from 88th to 104th, while the country’s largest university, UCD is down 25 places to 193rd. Five of the seven universities, as well as Dublin Institute of Technology, have dropped in the QS World University Rankings 2019 …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 6 June]

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Irish universities tumble down latest set of world rankings

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

“Irish universities have tumbled down the latest set of influential world rankings, sparking alarm among senior academics over the funding ‘crisis’ facing higher education. Trinity College Dublin has lost its status as Ireland’s only top-100 university, while six out of eight Irish top-ranked colleges have fallen down the rankings …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 6 June]

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Irish colleges perform well in international ranking

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

“Most Irish colleges have been graded above international averages for teaching and learning standards in an international ranking system. The U-Multirank system assessed 18 Irish universities and institutes of technology under 25 headings, with University College Cork (UCC) receiving 15 A scores …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 6 June]

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The THE reputation rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on May 30th, 2018 by steve

InternationalTHE have just published details of their reputation rankings which will be published on May 30th, just ahead, no doubt coincidentally, of the QS World University Rankings. The number of responses has gone down a bit, from 10,566 last year to 10,162, possibly reflecting growing survey fatigue among academics …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 27 May]

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Ireland stays 19th in higher education ranking

Posted in Governance and administration on May 12th, 2018 by steve

“Ireland has held its position in an international ranking of higher education systems despite public investment failing to match expanding third-level enrolments. The country remains 19th overall out of 50 countries’ higher education systems in the 2018 Universitas21 Ranking. The system was introduced in 2012 to assess the broader systems in each country rather than the focus of other rankings on individual universities …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 12 May]

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For Take Back Trinity, A Mark on the Provost’s Legacy

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

“Whether the Take Back Trinity campaign will have lasting repercussions for Irish higher education remains to be seen. It is nevertheless already clear that the protests will leave an indelible mark on Provost Patrick Prendergast’s tenure. This Editorial Board has noted before that his almost-neurotic battle against declining rankings will likely come to define his legacy …” (more)

[University Times, 25 March]

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‘New elite’ emerges as UK ranking combines TEF and REF

Posted in Governance and administration on March 16th, 2018 by steve

“A new league table that attempts to combine the results of the teaching and research excellence frameworks demonstrates that a ‘new elite’ of universities is emerging in UK higher education. That is the claim of two senior university leaders who created the ranking by putting together grade point averages from the 2014 REF, weighted for the number of staff submitted, and the average score across the six metrics underpinning the 2017 TEF …” (more)

[Simon Baker, Times Higher Education, 15 March]

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Rankings and the financialisation of higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on March 8th, 2018 by steve

“University rankings are now being used for purposes that would have been inconceivable a decade ago. The latest is supporting the large scale borrowing of money by UK universities. The Financial Times has an interesting article by Thomas Hale about the growing financialisation of British higher education. He reports that some universities such as Portsmouth, Bristol, Cardiff and Oxford are resorting to capital markets for financing supposedly because of declining government support …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 9 March]

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Latest University Rankings Exhibit More Than One Disparity

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

Ireland“Trinity was in a celebratory mood this week, as the latest QS World University Subject Rankings placed four Trinity subjects in the world’s top 50. The four subjects are perhaps unsurprising – English, classics, nursing and politics – but it’s a reminder once again that, despite the preponderance of funding and focus on STEM, arts subjects remain dominant …” (more)

[University Times, 4 March]

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Trinity and UCD ranked in world top 50

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

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin are in the world’s top 50 for nursing and other subjects but other universities have mixed fortunes in the latest discipline-specific rankings. The 24th-place position of UCD in the world’s providers of veterinary science degrees is the top ranking for any Irish college in the QS World University Rankings by Subject …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 1 March]

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This is how Irish colleges have fared in the latest world university subject rankings

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

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin are in the world’s top 50 for nursing and other subjects, but other Irish universities have mixed fortunes in the latest discipline-specific rankings. The 24th-place position of UCD in the world’s providers of veterinary science degrees is the top ranking for any Irish college in the QS World University Rankings by Subject, published this afternoon …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 28 February]

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World university rankings show nursing is Ireland’s strongest subject

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

Ireland“Irish higher education is home to two of the world’s top nursing courses, according to the latest world university ranking. The QS World University Rankings by subject, released on Wednesday, ranks the world’s top universities for the study of 48 different subjects …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 28 February]

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