UL drops out of top 500 universities

first_imgWhatsApp University of Limerick appoints first ever woman president of an Irish university Email Breaching the gender barrier at UL The main building at the University of LimerickThe University of Limerick has dropped out of the world’s top 500 universities.The 2016 World University Rankings, published last week, ranks UL in the 501-550 band, a significant fall from its previous position of 471.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The Irish Universities Association (IUA) has responded to this news by referring to a decade of austerity and its “corrosive effect” on our higher education system.Stating that the “continued slide” of the Irish Universities should be “greeted with alarm” the IUA said that positive strides in research and the internationalisation of the staff and student cohort was being “undermined by the negative impact of underfunding on key indicators such as the student:faculty ratio.”IUA Chief Executive, Ned Costello said: “We can no longer hide from the corrosive effect which years of cutbacks are having on our higher education system. At a time when we are more dependent than ever on the talent of our people for our economic future, we simply must invest in our universities.”“An immediate injection of funding is required in the upcoming Budget and Estimates to fund more lecturers, deliver smaller group teaching and restore quality in our system,” Mr Costello concluded.Between 2007 and 2014, state funding for universities in this country fell by 28%, from €722.8m in 2007 to €522.2m in 2014.Conversely there was an increase in full-time enrollment in Irish universities of 18%, from 78,577 in 2008 to 93,023 in 2014.Reacting to these figures, the General Secretary of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT), Mike Jennings, said, “It is shocking to realise that student to academic staff ratios were worse in 2011 than those described in the report of the Commission on Higher Education (1967) and increased from 19:1 in 2007 to 23:1 in 2011.”Mr Jennings echoed the need to address this issue in this year’s budget, “The forthcoming Budget must address this crisis as a priority. The government must provide adequate funds to enable universities to recover from a decade of what now seems like deliberate neglect and downgrading of third-level education,” he said.All but one of Ireland’s universities have dropped in the listings, with only National University of Ireland in Galway improving upon last year’s position by rising from 271st to 249th.Trinity College Dublin remains Ireland’s highest ranked university in 98th place. For the fifth year running the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has been rated as the world’s best university.Out of the 32 OECD countries featured in the rankings, Ireland’s expenditure on third-level institutions was the fourth lowest. Linkedin Twitter Previous articleSocials – Press Ball 2016 LaunchNext articleLimerick councillors fobbed off by transport authority Editor Advertisement Limerick Post Show | Careers & Health Sciences Event for TY Students center_img Print NewsEducationUL drops out of top 500 universitiesBy Editor – September 8, 2016 995 TAGSUL Facebook University of Limerick came out on top at this years Smedia Awards Intermediate Care Facility patients benefiting from holistic healthcare model RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick Post Show | CSSI 2020last_img read more

Antarctic glacial history and sea-level change – Leg 178 samples Antarctic Peninsula margin sediments

first_imgThe Antarctic Ice Sheet is a key feature of theglobal climate engine today, and has been sofor most of its 35 Myr or longer history. It influencesglobal circulation (mainly through bottomwater production), eustatic sea-level change, biologicalproduction and albedo. And yet the detailsof that history are poorly known, despite two decadesof measurement and interpretation of lowlatitudeice-volume proxies. The most effective ofthose proxy measurements, oxygen isotopes andsea-level change, are ambiguous, and disagree.Recently, a way out of this impasse hasemerged, that is technically difficult but muchmore direct. It involves sampling and dating sedimentstransported beneath the grounded ice sheetand deposited seaward of the grounding linearound the Antarctic margin. We now appreciatethat the ice sheet “drains” mainly by rapid flow inice streams that slide on a shearing bed of diamict.Over the life of the ice sheet, those glacially-transportedsediments have formed progradationalwedges on the outer continental shelf. They, andtheir derived sediments redeposited in drifts on theupper continental rise, should therefore contain arecord of ice sheet advance to the continental shelfedge. The prograded wedge is essentially unsortedmaking it difficult to recover, and the topsets areprone to subsequent erosion. The drifts haveformed by more continuous deposition of sortedsilty clays that are easier to recover but less direct,needing clues from the wedge to aid interpretation.The two depositional environments are complementary.Additional useful features of the Antarcticmargin are the deep basins eroded on the innercontinental shelf during glacial maxima, which preservean expanded Holocene record of climatechange.last_img read more