Shanghai Jiao Tong World League Table: Subject Rankings 2010

SJTU Subject Rankings 2010 In addition to its overall rankings and Field rankings, SJTU has also developed subject rankings in a small number of disciplines: Mathematics Physics Chemistry Computer Science Economics and Business Some UK universities which don't appear in the global Top 100 do rather well in here. For example: Durham and Liverpool are … Continue reading Shanghai Jiao Tong World League Table: Subject Rankings 2010

Shanghai Jiao Tong 2010 World League Table: Field Rankings

SJTU World league table: Field rankings Following the publication of its World League Table, the ARWU Field rankings have been released. These complement the overall rankings and highlight relative standings in five broad discipline areas: Natural Sciences and Mathematics Engineering/Technology and Computer Science Life and Agriculture Sciences Clinical Medicine and Pharmacy Social Sciences As last … Continue reading Shanghai Jiao Tong 2010 World League Table: Field Rankings

Higher education funding letters: 14 years of joy

On government HE funding letters (Arguably the dullest post ever to appear on this blog. And that's saying something. I've been wanting to do this for ages but apologies in advance for any distress caused.) The most recent funding letter of June 24 2010 from Vince Cable and David Willetts to the Chairman of HEFCE … Continue reading Higher education funding letters: 14 years of joy

NSS: can things get any worse in universities?

Press stories on latest NSS results seem to be largely of the glass one fifth empty variety Indeed, you could be forgiven for thinking the sector was already in meltdown if you read the Independent which says "one-third of university students unhappy with lecturers' performance": Thousands of university students still find their lecturers too remote … Continue reading NSS: can things get any worse in universities?

2010 Shanghai Jiao Tong World Rankings: Top 20

2010 Shanghai Jiao Tong World Rankings: Top 20 The rankings have been published and are available at the ARWU site but there still seem to be a few problems with access at time of writing. In any case, no surprises and very little movement in the top 20 with Harvard retaining the number 1 spot … Continue reading 2010 Shanghai Jiao Tong World Rankings: Top 20

Shanghai Jiao Tong World Ranking 2010

SJTU 2010 world university rankings have been published Full table should be available at the SJTU site but it seems to be down at time of writing. Meantime, have the UK universities in top 100 courtesy of the Telegraph (where the story seems, slightly bizarrely, to argue that these results suggest UKHE doesn't play well … Continue reading Shanghai Jiao Tong World Ranking 2010

True crime on campus §2

More true crime on campus Following an earlier post on this subject a few more extracts from campus security reports: 0128 Patrol Security Officers observed a vehicle being driven dangerously in Newark Hall car park. Officers stopped the vehicle and spoke to the driver who is a Student. Officers also spoke to the owner of … Continue reading True crime on campus §2

Title inflation

Too many chiefs The Economist carries an interesting piece on the runaway inflation of job titles: KIM JONG IL, the North Korean dictator, is not normally a trendsetter. But in one area he is clearly leading the pack: job-title inflation. Mr Kim has 1,200 official titles, including, roughly translated, guardian deity of the planet, ever-victorious … Continue reading Title inflation

Are private universities ‘a huge threat to academic standards’?

Problems with privates According to a piece in the Telegraph private universities represent 'a huge threat to academic standards'. This follows the award of the University College title to BPP College and the line comes from UCU: More than nine in ten professors believe encouraging more private companies to become universities would be a mistake, … Continue reading Are private universities ‘a huge threat to academic standards’?

University Rankings Amazon Style?

An alternative take on university rankings Drawing on the Amazon approach, Ben Wildavsky suggests a different way of approaching university league tables: For many years now, the worldwide explosion of college rankings that took off in the 1980s has prompted sharp debates about whether, and how, universities ought to be measured against one another. Some … Continue reading University Rankings Amazon Style?