Free speech university rankings: a case of grade inflation

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

“Exciting news for those of us in higher education who believe in free speech as the third incisive Spiked analysis of free speech in universities is published. Always a landmark event and sure to grab the headlines …” (more)

[Paul Greatrix, Registrarism, 16 Februay]

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Free Speech University Rankings

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

Ireland“I have written on this blog in the past about university free speech rankings in the UK and the US. The online current affairs magazine, spiked, has published its third annual Free Speech University Rankings (FSUR) of the UK’s universities …” (more)

[Eoin O’Dell, Cearta, 13 February]

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Trinity back on elite university list after ‘really stupid’ error

Posted in Governance and administration on February 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin (TCD) has admitted a ‘really stupid mistake’ it made saw it drop down the rankings of the world’s best universities. The university sent data relating to its research funding to the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings in the wrong format two years in a row …” (more)

[Ciarán D’Arcy and Ronan McGreevy, Irish Times, 10 February]

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Following Temporary Exclusion Last Year, Trinity Ranked 131st in World by Times Higher Education

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

Ireland“Following its temporary exclusion from the Times Higher Education World University Rankings last September, Trinity has now been ranked 131st, making it the highest ranked university in Ireland …” (more)

[Kathleen McNamee, University Times, 10 February]

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New Research Initiative Criticised After Concerns Over Ranking Academics

Posted in Research on February 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A new initiative to measure the research output of Trinity’s staff, currently in its pilot phase, has raised concerns that it might potentially rank and compare individual academics, already drawing criticism from a trade union. The new initiative, Principal Investigator Quantitative Analytics, is proposing to rank academics based on their research output …” (more)

[Róisín Power and Sinéad Baker, University Times, 1 February]

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Smurfit MBA climbs to 70th place in FT world rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on January 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School’s full-time masters of business administration (MBA) has climbed nine places to 70th on the annual Financial Times worldwide rankings. It is the only Irish business school to feature on the list …” (more)

[Irish Times, 30 January]

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Comments on the HEPI Report

Posted in Governance and administration on January 26th, 2017 by steve

International“The higher education industry tends to respond to global rankings in two ways. University bureaucrats and academics either get overexcited, celebrating when they are up, wallowing in self-pity when down, or they reject the idea of rankings altogether …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 26 January]


Third Level Participation

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 21st, 2017 by steve

IrelandTommy Broughan (Dublin Bay North, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the steps he is taking to address the inequalities seen in the league tables of students’ accession to universities; and if he will make a statement on the matter …”(more)

[Dáil written answers, 18 January]

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Cash-for-publications is ‘common practice’

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

International“Fears have been raised over whether universities are ‘buying’ journal papers to improve their ranking after a scholar revealed that he was offered more than £35,000 to list publications under the name of a lesser-known Chinese institution …” (more)

[Jack Grove, Times Higher Education, 19 January]


Does your place in global university rankings matter?

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

InternationalThe Higher Education Policy Institute’s latest report on ranking has further stoked debate about how accurate and how useful international university rankings are. University World News asked its author and ranking experts to share their views.

Why most universities should quit the rankings game – Philip G Altbach and Ellen Hazelkorn

Are global university rankings a badge of shame? – Bahram Bekhradnia

Rankings – A useful barometer of universities’ standing – Ben Sowter

University rankings are innovating and improving – Phil Baty

Towards a fairer and more robust university ranking – Frank Ziegele and Frans van Vught


Outbreak of Rankophilia

Posted in Governance and administration on January 9th, 2017 by steve

International“A plague is sweeping the Universities of the West, rankophilia or an irrational and obsessive concern with position and prospects in global rankings and a unwillingness to exercise normal academic caution and scepticism …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 10 January]


All New Green Metric World Ranking 2016/17

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

Ireland“This world university league table, which is a distinctly green one, first appeared in 2010 and was headed by the University of California, Berkeley …” (more)

[Paul Greatrix, Wonkhe, 5 January]

[Irish entries: UCC 12th, UL 22nd, DCU 27th, NUIM 190th, UCD 200th, DIT 229th]


University rankings and gender

Posted in Governance and administration on December 21st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A chara, – While I agree with Micheline Sheehy-Skeffington’s criticism of university rankings based solely on research output (December 20th), I cannot understand why a ranking system based on the number of senior female academics would be in any way superior …” (more)

[Ruairí Ó Crualaoich, Irish Times, 21 December]

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‘Why university rankings are flawed’

Posted in Governance and administration on December 20th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – I fully agree with your editorial ‘Why university rankings are flawed’ (December 17th). International ranking agencies focus almost entirely on research to evaluate university performance. But educare means to draw out and thus develop students’ minds …” (more)

[Micheline Sheehy Skeffington, Irish Times, 20 December]

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A new Super-University for Ireland?

Posted in Governance and administration on December 16th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“University rankings have become extremely influential over the last few years. This is not entirely a bad thing. The initial publication of the Shanghai rankings in 2003, for example, exposed the pretensions of many European universities revealing just how far behind they had fallen in scientific research …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 16 December]

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University league tables ‘flawed’ and ‘unreliable’

Posted in Governance and administration on December 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Governments and colleges should ignore international university rankings because they are flawed and unreliable, according to an analysis by a UK higher education think-tank. Global rankings tables by organisations such as the Times Higher Education and QS World University Rankings are highly influential …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 15 December]


UK research says university ranking tables flawed

Posted in Governance and administration on December 15th, 2016 by steve

“A study published in the UK has found that international ranking tables for universities are flawed and have the potential to damage the performance of institutions. The report by the UK’s Higher Education Policy Institute urges governments and third level institutions to ignore the tables, which claim to identify the ‘best’ universities in the world …” (more)

[The report is here]
[RTÉ News, 15 December]

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The Problem With Having a Single, Super University

Posted in Governance and administration on December 14th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The idea of Ireland having a single ‘super university’ has recently gained traction as a means to arrest Irish universities’ fall in world rankings and to generate internationally renowned research. Proponents suggest that Ireland cannot afford more than one top-class university, given our small population …” (more)

[James Shaw, University Times, 14 December]

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A dozen education issues set to dominate 2017

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on December 14th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Here are 12 issues you are likely to hear plenty about in Irish education next year, ranging from the baptism barrier to student loan schemes and from industrial action to preschool problems …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 14 December]

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The sting of Irish colleges’ mediocrity

Posted in Governance and administration on December 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“It could be a problem. Dropbox’s chief operating officer (COO) was talking about Irish universities’ relative slippage in standards. If you missed it, Irish universities have fallen down the international rankings almost every year for the past eight years …” (more)

[Adrian Weckler, Independent, 11 December]

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