Archive for 14 August 2010

Work for fewer than half 2009 graduates

Posted in Life with tags on 14 August 2010 by Steve

“Fewer than half of undergraduates who completed degrees in 2009 are employed, according to provisional figures from the Higher Education Authority. The initial findings of a HEA survey indicate that 45% of those who graduated last year are in employment, while 43% have gone on to further education …” (more)

[Pamela Duncan, Irish Times, 14 August]

Shanghai Jiao Tong University Rankings 2010

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 14 August 2010 by Steve

“The 2010 rankings are available here, although the site is very busy. As a semi-Dane, I am pleased to see two Danish universities in the top 100, along with a Norwegian university and a couple of Swedish ones. TCD is in the 200-300 group, UCD in the 300-400 group …” (more)

[Kevin O’Rourke, Irish Economy, 13 August]

Students’ role in English downfall

Posted in research with tags , , on 14 August 2010 by Steve

“A German student has revealed exactly how Germany got the better of England at the World Cup. A team of students at the German Sports University carried out a study into every opponent and a dossier was handed to manager Joachim Loew …” (more)

[Independent, 14 August]

Long Term Trends in the Shanghai Rankings

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 14 August 2010 by Steve

“The Shanghai Rankings are noted for their methodological stability. Whereas frequent changes combined with the insertion and removal of errors produced wild fluctuations in the THE-QS rankings, the ARWU have remained essentially the same since they started. The Shanghai index never aroused as much public interest as the now defunct THE-QS league table but over the long run it is more likely to reveal real and significant trends …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 14 August]

A pivotal moment for higher education

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 14 August 2010 by Steve

“Spare a thought this weekend for those school leavers awaiting their A-level results next Thursday, and hoping to go to university in the autumn. It is a time both of great expectation and great apprehension, more so this year than in the past. Those who fail to get the required grades for a place at their first-choice institution will find it hard to get in anywhere else …” (more)

[Daily Telegraph, 13 August]

US university halts DNA plans

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 14 August 2010 by Steve

“An American university has been forced to halt a plan to DNA test new students and give them the results following a backlash by public health officials, genetic watchdogs and privacy groups …” (more)

[Nick Allen, Daily Telegraph, 13 August]