Ulster University ranked in top 50 UK universities for first time

Posted in Governance and administration on June 9th, 2021 by steve

“Ulster University has been ranked inside the top 50 UK universities for the first time in the annual Complete University Guide – just 10 places behind Queen’s University, Belfast. After a third successive rise in the rankings, Ulster University has jumped 16 places from 60th to 44th out of 130 UK universities, its highest position in the league table’s 15-year history. Queen’s had dropped seven places though, falling from 27th to 34th overall …” (more)

[Mark Bain, Belfast Telegraph, 8 June]

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Grade inflation undermining quality of university degrees, President Higgins warns

Posted in Governance and administration on June 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The quality of university degrees is a source of great concern, with grade inflation that does not reflect improved standards of scholarship, President Michael D Higgins has warned. He was speaking at an online conference on academic freedom and intellectual dissent organised by Scholars at Risk – Ireland and the European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 8 June]

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Irish universities slip down world rankings as Trinity retains 101st place

Posted in Governance and administration on June 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Several of Ireland’s top universities have slipped down the latest set of global rankings, while Trinity College Dublin has retained its status as Ireland’s top-ranked third-level institution, just outside the top 100. The QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) World University Rankings for 2022 show Trinity ranks 101st in the world – unchanged – while UCD climbed four places to 173rd …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 8 June]

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€160m student accommodation plan in south Dublin gets approval

Posted in Governance and administration on June 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“An Bord Pleanála has given the green light to €160 million plans for a 698-bed student accommodation development across eight blocks in Goatstown in south Dublin. The appeals board has granted planning permission in spite of the Minister for Tourism, Catherine Martin, and the Minister for State for Special Education and Inclusion, Josepha Madigan, each making submissions in support of locals’ concerns concerning the ‘fast-track’ Strategic Housing Development (SHD) scheme that reaches to seven storeys high …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, BreakingNews.ie, 8 June]

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Broke or Broken?

Posted in Governance and administration on June 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The vote of the WIT branch of the TUI to accept the TUSE and the merger with Carlow IT puts an end to our hopes for a university of similar status to UL in Waterford. Hope springs eternal and the case that Waterford had for full university designation has not gone away. Maybe a more enlightened government or a more forceful political push from this area will achieve what seemed to be within our grasp in 2006 …” (more)

[Waterford News and Star, 8 June]

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