The Irish Times reports today that Trinity College Dublin has been accused of trying to sway world university rankings. While the rankings are considered vital in the race to attract international students, in recent years Irish universities have been sliding down the rankings. One of the main producers of the rankings has accused TCD of violating its rules by influencing academics involved in its annual survey. In a statement they claimed that they had been made aware of “misguided and naive” communications from TCD which appeared to contravene guidelines aimed at protecting the accuracy of its university rankings. Meanwhile TCD said it regretted the letters to academics and claimed that at no stage were they intended to influence the response of the recipients. Read more from the Irish Times below.
Trinity accused of influencing rankings