Bradley Bytes – A sort of politcal column by Dara Bradley
When GMIT was praised in the Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015, the third level institute was, understandably, beside itself with excitement.
GMIT pulled a quote from the guide’s editor, Alastair McCall, (“No other third-level institution can match the scale of its improvements”), and waved it about as recognition of its achievement.
Better still, GMIT issued a 573-word press release trumpeting its new ranking in the Sunday Times guide.
The guide, according to GMIT, provides the “definitive rankings of third level institutions”. Definitive, no less!
Of course, that was the year GMIT was awarded the Sunday Times Institute of Technology of the Year accolade.
Former GMIT president, Michael Carmody was delira and excira, and basked in the glow of the achievement. And why wouldn’t he?
GMIT management found the Sunday Times Good University Guide somewhat less definitive this year, however.
So less definitive that the Registrar of GMIT, Michael Hannon, who is also vice-president for academic affairs, circulated an email to staff this month, dissing the Sunday Times Guide.
The email, signed by Hannon, and circulated by his secretary, Mary Kennedy, was much more impressed with a ranking system called “U-Multirank”, which evidently was more complimentary of GMIT.
For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.