Trinity accused of trying to sway world university rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on March 22nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“One of the main producers of world university rankings has accused Trinity College Dublin (TCD) of violating its rules by influencing academics involved in its annual survey.Earlier this year, TCD sent out ‘awareness’ emails to academics, advising them of reputation surveys which would be sent out by ranking agencies QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) and Times Higher Education …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 22 March]

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Rankings agency raps Trinity over campaign letters

Posted in Governance and administration on March 22nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin (TCD) has been rapped on the knuckles by an international university rankings agency for breaching the guidelines it uses to ensure the accuracy of its annual league tables …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 22 March]

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Rankings Body to Consider Excluding Trinity After Breach of Rules

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

Ireland“Trinity is to be sanctioned by QS World University Rankings for sending emails to members of the Trinity community, including graduates and academics, that encourage them to take part in reputation surveys conducted by the rankings agency …” (more)

[Sinéad Baker, University Times, 21 March]

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Trinity College Dublin’s letters about rankings raise eyebrows

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

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin sent letters seeking favorable reviews. QS, a major player in rankings, says the university’s actions are ‘in breach’ and could warrant suspension from the process …” (more)

[Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed, 21 March]

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Trinity reprimanded for attempting to seek favourable ranking reviews

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

Ireland“On Sunday, Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) announced that Trinity could face suspension from the university ranking survey on account of a questionable letter sent out to academics and others affiliated with College …” (more)

[Niamh Moriarty, Trinity News, 21 March]

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Rankings Could be What the Provost is Remembered For

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

Ireland“In an op-ed for the Irish Times published in September, the new Dean of Research, John Boland, proclaimed rankings a matter of fundamental importance to the Irish higher education sphere, primarily blaming the abysmal funding situation for Trinity’s decline in the QS rankings …” (more)

[University Times, 20 March]

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Do I detect a hint of a smirk from the QS office?

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

IrelandTimes Higher Education (THE) takes pride in the superiority of its reputation survey to that published by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS). The THE survey is invitation only and includes only those who have achieved the status of corresponding author of a Scopus publication whereas anyone nominated by his or her university can join QS’s …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 20 March]

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College Considering Off-Campus Location for E3 Institute

Posted in Governance and administration on March 19th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“College is considering locating the proposed Engineering, Energy and Environment Institute (E3) off the main Trinity campus, The University Times has learned. Current proposals for the institute indicate that the location being considered is the Trinity Technology and Enterprise Campus, based on Pearse Street, near the docks …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 18 March]

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Proposal Would See Trinity Islamic Centre Funded by €5.5 Million Donation

Posted in Governance and administration on March 19th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Trinity is to establish a Centre for Islamic Studies, The University Times has learned, which will be entirely funded by a €5.5 million donation from the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 18 March]

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Trinity College Dublin Gets Upset About Rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on March 17th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin has done remarkably well in global university rankings over the last decade. Since 2004 it has steadily risen from the 201-300 band to the 151-200 band in the Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 17 March]

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With Development of Trinity’s Rankings Strategy, Why Rankings Matter to Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on March 17th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The recent development of a college-wide rankings strategy by Trinity and the creation of a Rankings Steering Group, chaired by the Provost, Patrick Prendergast, reveals the increased attention College is giving to rankings, and brings the debate about their importance, and how much energy any third-level institution should give to them, to the fore once again …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 16 March]

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Trinity to Develop Strategy to Combat Decline in World Rankings

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

Ireland“Trinity is developing a strategy to improve its position in world university rankings, The University Times has learned. The move comes as Trinity has seen a consistent decline in both QS World University Rankings and Times Higher Education rankings in recent years …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 15 March]

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Chomsky and 27 Trinity Professors Among 80 Public Figures Urging College to Divest

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

Ireland“An open letter calling on Trinity to divest from fossil fuels, signed by more than 80 public figures, including 27 Trinity professors and world-famous linguist Noam Chomsky, is to be formally presented to the College Board …” (more)

[Emer Gerrard, University Times, 14 March]

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500-bed student accommodation to be built at Gardiner Street site

Posted in Governance and administration on March 10th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A 500-bed student apartment complex is being planned for the former Industrial Development Agency site on Gardiner Street. The €60 million project is a joint venture between the Dubai-based Global Student Accommodation (GSA) Group and the Irish company Carrowmore Property …” (more)

[Jake Trant, Trinity News, 9 March]

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New plan for government must prioritise plan for funding third-level education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 9th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Higher education barely got a mention during the General Election campaign. That was understandable – the election was dominated by issues such as health, housing, fairness and the economic recovery. One reason given was that we were awaiting the report of the Expert Group on Future Funding of Higher Education …” (more)

[Patrick Prendergast, Independent, 9 March]

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Student Charges Decision Raises Trinity’s Governance Issues Once Again

Posted in Governance and administration on March 7th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The news this week that the university’s Visitors – the two-judge panel that hears appeals against decisions made by College bodies – have decided that the controversial student charges were legitimately passed by the College Board, brings to light once again the governance issues that Trinity faces …” (more)

[University Times, 6 March]

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New Tenure-Track System Improved to Reflect Gender Concerns

Posted in Governance and administration on March 1st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s new tenure-track system of appointments will not only benefit entry level academics but will also address the under-representation of women in higher academic grades. Its path to approval last month by University Council was a long one, with intensive debate across College …” (more)

[Linda Hogan, University Times, 1 March]

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Trinity College €52m student accommodation project get the green light

Posted in Governance and administration on March 1st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College has been given a green light to proceed with the development of a €52m student accommodation project Pearse Street in Dublin. The scheme calls for the demolition of the five-storey Oisin House, which is adjacent to Trinity, and the construction of a seven-storey, 13,800 sq m development that will house 278 student accommodation units …” (more)

[Irish Building Magazine, 1 March]

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Trinity’s €52m Oisin House plan gets go-ahead

Posted in Governance and administration on February 25th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College has got the go-ahead for a €52m student accommodation development on Dublin’s Pearse Street. Dublin City Council has just given the scheme the all-clear, but that decision could now be appealed to An Bord Pleanala …” (more)

[John Mulligan, Independent, 25 February]

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Trinity College highlights the importance of student suicide with a display of empty bags

Posted in Life on February 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Yesterday brightly coloured schoolbags were placed around the front square of TCD in Dublin. These bags served to highlight the shockingly high number of Irish university students that die by suicide each year …” (more)

[Eilis Walsh, TheLiberal.ie, 23 February]

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