Trinity climbs nine places in latest world university rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on September 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin has climbed nine places and remains Ireland’s leading university in the latest Times Higher Education world university rankings. The university rose from 164th to 155th in the 2021 rankings. In all, the rankings bring mixed news for the nine Irish universities which feature in the top 1,000 …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 2 September]

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World University Rankings Put Oxford No. 1 But China Is The Real Winner As U.S. Declines

Posted in Governance and administration on September 2nd, 2020 by steve

International“Oxford has been named the world’s best university for the fifth year in a row – but China is the real winner in today’s global rankings. And while U.S. universities strengthen their grip on the global top 10, this masks a long-term decline among mid-rank institutions, which are fast losing their advantage over their counterparts, particularly in Asia …” (more)

[Nick Morrison, Forbes, 2 September]

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How France created a university to rival MIT

Posted in Governance and administration on September 2nd, 2020 by steve

“A huge modernist university campus is emerging amid farmland on a plateau south of the French capital. The University of Paris-Saclay, officially launched this year, merges some 20 higher-education and research institutions. It has a teaching and research staff of 9,000, catering to 48,000 students …” (more)

[Economist, 29 August]

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THE World University Rankings 2021

Posted in Governance and administration on September 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland‘The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021 include more than 1,500 universities across 93 countries and regions, making them the largest and most diverse university rankings to date. The table is based on 13 carefully calibrated performance indicators that measure an institution’s performance across four areas: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.’

  • =155 TCD (2020: 164)
  • 201–250 RCSI
  • 251–300 UCD (2020: 201–250)
  • 301–350 NUIG (2020: 251–300)
  • 301–350 UCC (2020: 301–350)
  • 401–500 MU (2020: 301–350)
  • 501–600 DCU (2020: 601–800)
  • 501–600 UL (2020: 501–600)
  • 801–1000 TUD (2020: 801–1000)

The full ranking is here.

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Bumper Leaving Cert exam results to fuel rise in CAO points for college entry

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on September 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Leaving Cert students can look forward to a bumper set of results on Monday, but it will fuel a rise in points for college entry that will leave some disappointed. The grades being awarded to about 57,000 students will be better overall than if they had sat the traditional Leaving Cert in June, although not as high as many teachers handed out …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 2 September]

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‘Nobody Likes Snitching’: How Rules Against Parties Are Dividing Campuses

Posted in Governance and administration on September 2nd, 2020 by steve

“It looked to be a typical college party: a small group of students crammed in a kitchenette, cheering on as a shirtless guy arm-wrestled a laughing young woman. No one wore masks. The scene was posted on Snapchat by one of the partygoers, a first-year student at Cornell University, along with a selfie with a mocking caption …” (more)

[Troy Closson, New York Times, 2 September]

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Returning college students are the next unexploded timebomb

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on September 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The focus this week is on schools reopening. Next Monday it will shift to the Leaving Certificate. In about a fortnight, the spotlight moves on to third level. Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) set the pace, in a story broken in this newspaper, announcing that all lectures, tutorials, and practical classes will be delivered remotely for this academic year because of Covid-19. The few exceptions will be laboratory work …” (more)

[Gerard Howlin, Irish Examiner, 2 September]

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Trinity Hall Flats Will be Considered ‘Family Home’ For Purposes of Contact Tracing

Posted in Governance and administration on September 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity Hall residents will have to self-isolate if a resident of their flat is diagnosed with coronavirus. Halls residents sharing an apartment will be considered to be members of the same household if one of the flatmates catches the virus …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty, University Times, 1 September]

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CAO points set to rise under Leaving Cert calculated grades

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on September 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“CAO points for many third-level courses are likely to rise due to higher grades being offered to Leaving Cert students this year under the Government’s new calculated grades process. The Department of Education has confirmed that grades will be ‘stronger’ this year compared to previous years, which will lead to some grade inflation …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 2 September]

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The calculated risk the Government took on calculated grades for Leaving Cert 2020 – and the one result nobody can predict

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Most of the Leaving Cert class of 2020 will be reasonably happy when they get their calculated grades next Monday. Overall the results will be better than last year. But that good news has a downside as it will mean a rise in the CAO points for some college courses …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 1 September]

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Why admission to college should be decided by lottery, not points

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Preparing for the new academic term, political theorist Michael Sandel has a shock in store for his employers. The bestselling author and oft-labelled ‘rock star philosopher’ has penned a manifesto excoriating Harvard and other elite universities for propagating a poisonous ideology …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 1 September]

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Don’t be a prig in peer review

Posted in Research on September 2nd, 2020 by steve

International“I very much enjoy being a peer reviewer. Reviewing manuscripts allows me to stay up to date on the most-current research in my field, and I feel a sense of accomplishment when helping authors to effectively disseminate their science. However, I have been discouraged by some comments from fellow reviewers that I’ve seen relayed to authors …” (more)

[Jeff Clements, Nature, 1 September]

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Consultation reopens on the future location of Ulster University’s School of Health Sciences

Posted in Governance and administration on September 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Members of the public and organisations across Northern Ireland are being asked for their views on the relocation of Ulster University’s School of Health Sciences, as the consultation re-opens. These courses could potentially add hundreds of additional students to the Magee campus …” (more)

[Garrett Hargan, Derry Now, 1 September]

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Next Year Will Be Like No Other. Registration Fees Should Reflect This

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Third-level students are one of the many groups within society who have been forced to make compromises in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. Yes, our social lives have been significantly curtailed. But even more costly than that has been the loss of months of in-person teaching – with no clear path to its return …” (more)

[Eimear Finan, University Times, 1 September]

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ASTI has ‘some concern’ at downgrading of 63,000 Leaving Cert results

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on September 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The largest second-level teachers union in Ireland has expressed ‘some concern’ that 63,000 Leaving Cert calculated grades have been downgraded by the Department of Education …” (more)

[Jess Casey and Elaine Loughlin, Irish Examiner, 1 September]

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Magee won’t expand unless number of uni students in NI is increased, says SDLP’s Rory Farrell

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 2nd, 2020 by steve

“Earlier this year, Colr Farrell tabled a motion calling on the Economy Minister to ‘make the necessary adjustments to the Maximum Student Numbers for exclusive use in Derry to allow planned expansion to become a reality’ …” (more)

[Derry Journal, 1 September]

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The City Without Students

Posted in Governance and administration on September 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Waterford City is set for a further economic hit given the thousands of Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) students who will be studying remotely during the coming academic year. And with third level education estimated to bring €600 million annually into the local economy, a city already struggling with the impact of Covid-19 is set for a further and unwelcome blow …” (more)

[Claire Quinn, Waterford News and Star, 1 September]

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IUA also welcomes further details announced today on Leaving Certificate Calculated Grades

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on September 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The IUA welcomes the additional 1250 higher education places, in addition to the detail on the Leaving Certificate Calculated Grades process announced today by Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris TD and Minister for Education Norma Foley TD …” (more)

[IUA, 1 September]

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