Over the past decade, research shows students, higher education, governments, employers, investors and the media are increasingly influenced by rankings. In turn, institutional and national ambitions are often defined in terms of rankings.

It’s that time of year again when higher education and the media become convulsed by the ups and downs of Irish universities in global rankings. To th(...)

NUI Galway, one of four Irish universities and five IoTs that took part in  surveys in the U-Multirank process, which opened them up to further scrutiny. Photograph: Neil Warner.

School-leavers exploring the dizzying array of options for further study now have a new tool at their disposal.The U-Multirank, which was almost eight(...)

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Higher education has been crying out for performance indicators, but authorities in Ireland have been wary of the distorting effects of global rank(...)