Research-intensive universities have a gender problem

Posted in Governance and administration on November 30th, 2021 by steve

International“Female enrolment in higher education globally has grown tremendously in recent decades. However, the latest gender analysis by U-Multirank confirms that more work still needs to be done to close the gender gap in academic careers …” (more)

[Gero Federkeil, University World News, 27 November]

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UCD score second-worst University on Integrity Index 2021

Posted in Governance and administration on November 24th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The university scored 38% overall, beating Technological University Dublin by 2%, who achieved the lowest amongst higher education institutions, with 36%. The aim of the research is to determine the ‘overall robustness of a country’s institutions and systems when it comes to prevention of corruption’ …” (more)

[Aoife Rooney, University Observer, 23 November]

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Technological University of the Shannon Placed 9th on Third Level Ranking

Posted in Governance and administration on November 14th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway has been named University of the Year in the new edition of The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022. It’s the fourth time that the Galway University has won the title in the past 20 years …” (more)

[Clare FM, 14 November]


Two Irish universities feature in world’s top 100 institutions for graduate employability

Posted in Governance and administration on September 23rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Two Irish universities have been named among the world’s top 100 for graduate employability. Global higher education analysis firm Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) has today released its annual QS Graduate Employability Rankings for 2022 …” (more)

[Steven Heaney, Irish Examiner, 23 September]

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UCD international management course named third best in world ranking

Posted in Teaching on September 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A UCD international management course has been named third best in the world in the highly-regarded ranking by the Financial Times (FT). It is the highest FT ranking achieved by an Irish university …” (more)

[Irish Times, 13 September]

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Mixed performance among Irish universities in latest university rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on September 2nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Some of Ireland’s top universities have climbed up the latest set of world rankings. However, there is mixed news for other colleges who either slipped down or held last year’s positions. Trinity College Dublin remains Ireland’s leading university, climbing nine places to 146th in the Times Higher Education world university rankings 2022 …” (more)

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

[For the full ranking go here.]


THE World University Rankings: Indicator Correlations

Posted in Governance and administration on August 25th, 2021 by steve

International“I was going to wait until next week to do this but the publication of the latest edition of the THE world rankings is coming and there may be a new methodology. The current THE methodology is based on five indicators or indicator groups: Teaching (5 indicators), Research (3 indicators), Citations, Income from Industry, International Outlook (3 indicators) …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 25 August]


Shanghai Rankings: Correlations Between Indicators

Posted in Governance and administration on August 24th, 2021 by steve

International“This is, I hope, the first of a series. Maybe THE and QS next week. If we want to compare the utility of university rankings one attribute to consider is internal consistency. Here, the correlation between the various indicators can tell us a lot. If the correlation between a pair of indicators is 0.90 or above we can assume that these indicators are essentially measuring the same thing …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 23 August]


THE‘s Caucus Ranking

Posted in Governance and administration on August 12th, 2021 by steve

International“In Alice in Wonderland there is a ‘caucus race’ in which everyone runs around frantically in different directions and eventually everyone wins a prize. Unfortunately, there are not quite enough sweets to go around as prizes and so poor Alice has to make do with her thimble which she gives to the Dodo who then presents it to her. It seems that THE has come up with a caucus ranking …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 12 August]


Ulster University leaps to second place in postgrad research survey

Posted in Research on July 30th, 2021 by steve

“Ulster University (UU) has risen to second place in the UK rankings for researcher satisfaction in the latest Postgraduate Research Experience Survey. The PhD benchmarking exercise surveyed postgraduate research students from 89 universities about their experiences, with UU leaping from eighth in the table in 2019 …” (more)

[Mark Bain, Belfast Telegraph, 30 July]

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Ireland punches above its weight for innovation and third-level education

Posted in Research on June 24th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Ireland is punching far above its weight when it comes to innovation and third-level education, outperforming the EU average, according to the European Commission’s latest findings. Innovation is broadly defined as developing new methods, ideas, and products to advance civilisation. Examples include researching and developing products all the way to market in fields such as medical devices, an industry in which Ireland has become a global player …” (more)

[Pádraig Hoare, Irish Examiner, 22 June]

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THE Young University Rankings 2021

Posted in Governance and administration on June 23rd, 2021 by steve

IrelandTimes Higher Education have released their latest international rankings for “young” universities, i.e. those aged 50 years or under. Irish institutions:

  • 88 Maynooth University
  • =117 Dublin City University
  • 126 University of Limerick
  • 251-300 Technological University Dublin

For more go here.


The Remarkable Revival of Oxford and Cambridge

Posted in Governance and administration on June 13th, 2021 by steve

International“There is nearly always a theme for the publication of global rankings. Often it is the rise of Asia, or parts of it. For a while it was the malign grasp of Brexit which was crushing the life out of British research or the resilience of American science in the face of the frenzied hostility of the great orange beast …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 13 June]

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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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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]


The global rise in academic authors reporting multiple institutional affiliations reflects the unanticipated influence of research assessment on academia

Posted in Governance and administration, Research on May 21st, 2021 by steve

“Academics reporting to be simultaneously affiliated with multiple organisations is a growing global phenomenon with significant implications for the usefulness and accuracy of research evaluations. Reporting on findings from a new study, Hanna Hottenrott, Michael E Rose and Cornelia Lawson find that much of the recent rise in multiple author affiliation can be linked to research assessment regimes introduced in the mid-2000s …” (more)

[LSE Impact Blog, 21 May]


Love DORA, Hate Rankings?

Posted in Research on May 10th, 2021 by steve

“Lizzie Gadd argues that any commitment to responsible research assessment as outlined in DORA (Declaration on Research Assessment) and other such manifestos needs to include action on global university rankings. Highlighting four fundamental critiques of the way in which journal metrics and university rankings have been deployed in higher education, she proposes universities could unite around the principle of being ‘much more than their rank’ …” (more)

[LSE Impact Blog, 10 May]

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Berkeley study: major university rankings may be biased

Posted in Governance and administration on May 2nd, 2021 by steve

International“Global university rankings may be distorted by the business activities of the ranker, including selling consulting, analytics and other services to universities, according to a new study from the University of California (UC), Berkeley’s Center for Studies in Higher Education …” (more)

[Brendan O’Malley, World University News, 1 May]


Buying Progress in Rankings?

Posted in Governance and administration on April 27th, 2021 by steve

International“International rankings of universities raise numerous questions. How can you fairly compare universities that operate in different countries, with different sources of funds and different missions? Despite the obstacles, several players do such comparisons: Times Higher Education, US News & World Report and QS are three. And despite the concerns of many educators about rankings, they are very popular with international students (and many host countries) …” (more)

[Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed, 27 April]


Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2021

Posted in Governance and administration on April 21st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Times Higher Education Impact Rankings are the only global performance tables that assess universities against the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We use carefully calibrated indicators to provide comprehensive and balanced comparison across four broad areas: research, stewardship, outreach and teaching. The 2021 Impact Rankings is the third edition and the overall ranking includes 1,115 universities from 94 countries/regions …” (more).

Irish rankings:

University College Cork – 8
University College Dublin – 22
University of Limerick – 50=
Trinity College Dublin – 57=
Dublin City University – 101-200
RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences – 101-200
Maynooth University – 201-300
Technological University Dublin – 201-300
Waterford Institute of Technology – 801-1000