UK universities dominate global rankings for first time despite Brexit reputation fears

Posted in Governance and administration on September 5th, 2017 by steve

“British universities have taken the top two places in global league tables for the first time in 13 years, with Oxford University crowned the best in the world …” (more)

[Rachael Pells, Independent, 5 September]

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Rankings Have Long Bamboozled Our Universities. When Will It End?

Posted in Governance and administration on September 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity has had a tumultuous time with university rankings. Last year, because of an error that saw it state its annual income as just €355, it found itself excluded from the listings produced by Times Higher Education, which are widely considered the most prestigious.When it was eventually reinstated in February, it was revealed that it had fallen more than 30 places, to 131st in the world …” (more)

[University Times, 3 September]

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Some implications of the Universitas 21 rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on August 14th, 2017 by steve

International“Universitas 21 (U21) produces an annual ranking not of universities but of 50 national university systems. There are 25 criteria grouped in four categories, resources, connectivity, environment and output. There is also an overall league table …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 14 August]


Ranking Rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on August 2nd, 2017 by steve

International“Hobsons, the education technology company, has produced a ranking of global university rankings. The information provided is very limited and I hope there will be more in a while …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 2 August]


Comments on an Article by Brian Leiter

Posted in Governance and administration on July 19th, 2017 by steve

International“Global university rankings are now nearly a decade and a half old. The Shanghai rankings (Academic Ranking of World Universities or ARWU) began in 2003, followed a year later by Webometrics and the THES-QS rankings which, after an unpleasant divorce, became the Times Higher Education (THE) and the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) world rankings …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 19 July]


Proving anything you want from rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on July 4th, 2017 by steve

International“It seems that university rankings can be used to prove almost anything that journalists want to prove. Ever since the Brexit referendum experts and pundits of various kinds have been muttering about the dread disease that is undermining or about to undermine the research prowess of British universities …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 3 July]


Disrupting institutional entitlement in higher education: the Teaching Excellence Framework

Posted in Teaching on June 27th, 2017 by steve

“Let me first of all declare an interest. This post is going to be about the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) in the UK. My university, Robert Gordon University, entered, and was awarded a Gold rating. So you may conclude that this colours my judgement. But let me first go back some ten years to a meeting I attended on university rankings …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 26 June]

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University rankings: good intentions, image polishing and more bureaucracy

Posted in Teaching on June 24th, 2017 by steve

“Some UK universities will be cheering, some groaning, after the release of rankings under the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). My own university received a silver, so we’re shrugging. Despite all these reactions, we don’t know if we can expect any impact on the quality of teaching. What we do know, however, is that it will lead to a large-scale image polishing, the mushrooming of rankings-related bureaucracy, judicious gaming of the new rules, and cynicism amongst professors and lecturers …” (more)

[Andre Spicer, The Conversation, 23 June]

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TEF results – How do REF and TEF results compare?

Posted in Governance and administration on June 22nd, 2017 by steve

“My first ever blog for Wonkhe was back in 2014, just after the REF results were released. I compared those results with NSS, to see if they could give us an idea of different institutions’ strategic focuses on research and teaching …” (more)

[David Morris, Wonkhe, 22 June]

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Comparing the THE and QS Academic Reputation Surveys

Posted in Governance and administration on June 18th, 2017 by steve

InternationalTimes Higher Education (THE) has just published its 2017 reputation rankings which include 100 universities. These are based on a survey distributed between January and March of this year and will be included, after standardisation, in the 2017-18 (or 2018) World University Rankings scheduled for publication in a few months …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 19 June]


The Abuse and Use of Rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on June 16th, 2017 by steve

International“International university rankings have become a substantial industry since the first appearance of the Shanghai rankings (Academic Ranking of World Universities or ARWU) back in 2003. The various rankings are now watched closely by governments and media and for some students they play a significant role in choosing universities …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 16 June]


Trinity’s rise in the rankings a good start, but funding and internal reform still needed

Posted in Governance and administration on June 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The recent rise of college in the QS rankings should be commended, as rankings matter. However, it does not alleviate the need for increased higher education funding …” (more)

[Rory O’Sullivan, Trinity News, 9 June]

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Trinity’s Rankings Rise Must Not Obscure the Challenges Facing Irish Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on June 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Yesterday’s announcement that Trinity has moved up 10 places to 88th in the QS World University Rankings should certainly be welcomed. After years of continuous decline, the reversal of this longstanding trend is a significant step for Trinity, and other Irish universities, in regaining their strong standing on the international stage …” (more)

[Simon Foy, University Times, 8 June]

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Trinity and UCD climb latest world university rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on June 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s top universities are climbing back up international rankings following a decade of cutbacks which meant many of them tumbled down influential league tables, new figures show. However, the country’s largest university UCD has warned that third level education remains under severe financial strain …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 7 June]


UK universities fall down global league tables after budget cuts

Posted in Governance and administration on June 8th, 2017 by steve

“Britain’s universities are being dragged down by falling levels of research funding and employing fewer highly qualified staff than their international rivals, according to the compilers of a prestigious world university league table. The QS world university rankings for 2018, published on Thursday, shows the majority of British universities slipping down its table …” (more)

[Richard Adams, Guardian, 7 June]

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University rankings are fake news. How do we fix them?

Posted in Governance and administration on May 17th, 2017 by steve

“The big news on the release of the Times Higher Education World University rankings for 2017 was that Oxford, not Caltech is now the No 1 university in the world. According to the BBC news website, ‘Oxford University has come top of the Times Higher Education world university rankings – a first for a UK university. Oxford knocks California Institute of Technology, the top performer for the past five years, into second place’ …” (more)

[Reciprocal Space, 16 May]


UCD Smurfit Business School hits top 50 in world rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on May 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The UCD Smurfit Business School has been ranked 48th in the world and 26th in Europe in the ranking of open enrolment programmes, according to the 2017 Financial Times Executive Education Rankings. The school was identified as the highest climber in the rankings, jumping 21 places since 2016 …” (more)

[Irish Times, 15 May]

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Top academic decries funding deficit in Irish universities

Posted in Governance and administration on May 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Co Waterford woman who heads the University of Oxford has said Irish universities’ slide down international rankings is a direct consequence of declining investment. Prof Louise Richardson said the issue of university fees was a very difficult one for politicians but all societies must have a conversation about who pays for third-level education …” (more)

[Mary Minihan, Irish Times, 8 May]

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The latest U21 systems ranking

Posted in Governance and administration on May 5th, 2017 by steve

International“Now an annual event, we have the Universitas 21 league table, the 2017 Ranking of National Higher Education Systems, which is intended to give an overview and ranking of higher education systems across the world. This is the sixth such report and now has some additional features …” (more)

[Paul Greatrix, Wonkhe, 5 May]


Irish universities punch above weight for innovation

Posted in Governance and administration on May 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Ireland boasts more top-100 innovative universities per capita than any other country in Europe, according to a new ranking. That is the conclusion of Reuters’ second annual ranking of Europe’s most innovative universities, a list that identifies and ranks the educational institutions doing the most to advance science, invent new technologies, and help drive the global economy …” (more)

[David Ewalt and Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 3 May]