Day: October 5, 2020

University rankings don’t measure what matters

International rankings of universities are big business and big news. These systems order universities on the basis of a variety of criteria such as student to staff ratio, income from industry, and reputation as captured through public surveys.

Universities around the world use their rankings as marketing material and parents and prospective students make life choices on the basis of them.

But the methodology underpinning the Quacquarelli Symonds and Times Higher Education ranking systems and others like them would be unlikely to pass as a third year student’s research project. And yet high-status universities around the world spend time and money competing in this extravaganza rather than pointing out that the Emperor is wearing no clothes.

Why would they when the rankings reinforce their position as institutions of choice for those who can afford their fees?

As a researcher of higher education, I find it worrying that we’re held captive

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UL Warns of Counterfeit UL Mark on Fire Doors and Fire Door/Window Frames (Release 20PN-24)

NORTHBROOK, Ill., Sept. 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The following is a notification from UL that the UL Mark identified below is counterfeit and might have been applied on fire doors and fire door/window frames.  Fire doors and fire door/window frames bearing the counterfeit certification mark have not been evaluated by UL to the appropriate Safety Standards for the risk of fire, electric shock, or injury to persons and it is unknown if they comply with any safety requirements.

UL Logo (PRNewsFoto/UL)
UL Logo (PRNewsFoto/UL)

Remedy: UL recommends that these products be removed from service and be replaced with UL certified fire doors and fire door/window frames.

Identification on the label: 
The label has a counterfeit UL Certification Mark and the following:





Location: The counterfeit UL Mark labels might have been applied on

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Nurburgring 24 conditions “the worst” of winner Yelloly’s career

Nurburgring 24 Hours winner Nick Yelloly described the inclement weather that caused the race to be red-flagged for nine hours on Saturday evening as “the worst conditions I have experienced”.

The BMW factory driver joined ROWE Racing team-mates Alexander Sims and Nicky Catsburg to score BMW’s 20th success in the event, 50 years on from its victory in the maiden 24 Hours in 1970, and its first since 2010 with a GT2-spec M3 E92 after a barren stretch in the current GT3 era.

Their #99 M6 GT3 overhauled the #3 Car Collection Audi R8 LMS as the track dried on Sunday morning, before taking the lead when the rain returned in the closing stages in what BMW Motorsport boss Jens Marquardt called a “a magnificent comeback”.

It came after the two leading Mercedes, the #4 Haupt Racing Team and #9 GetSpeed entries driven by Manuel Metzger and Raffale Marciello both

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College Football Playoff expansion proposal is denied

When the Pac-12 CEO group decided to have a college football season, set to begin on Nov. 6/7, a lot of the chatter quickly turned to whether or not the conference could potentially have a team make the College Football Playoff.

While the schedule has yet to be released, it’s expected that the Pac-12 will play six conference games and then a conference title game, giving the conference champion a total of seven games. Now how those seven games would compare to somebody from the Big Ten, SEC, ACC or Big 12, all of whom will have at least 10 games played, remains to be seen.

That’s why Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott pitched the idea to the college football playoff committee about expanding the current format from four teams to eight for this upcoming season. 

Unfortunately that idea was shot down and the CFP will stay at four teams for

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