The course will be instructive and include an interactive strategic planning component where the rankings methodologies will be systematically de-constructed and various strategies for university improvement discussed. There is a strong emphasis on openness and interaction so participants will have the opportunity to put their own points of view or to address specific questions concerning them either with the group or privately. There will be a series of short lectures with breaks for questions, comments and input from participants and some practical sessions. To make the most of the course, participants are encouraged to come prepared with questions specific to their role.
This course will aim to provide participants with a greater understating of:
• Major international university rankings publishers
• Controversy and the limitations of rankings
• De-construction of the various methodologies
• Analysis of the data sources – pros and cons
• Strategies for improving university performance
• The launch of subject-specific rankings
• The launch of region-specific rankings
• Other university rankings – reputation, age, etc.
This course is ideal for:
• Senior university managers: with responsibility for strategic planning, public reporting, funding allocation or other interest in benchmarking and university rankings
• Senior administrators, finance, HR and library personnel who represent the university externally
• Senior researchers leading large research teams publishing a significant proportion of the university’s output and responsible for setting up collaborations with universities both nationally and internationally
Director – Research & Publishing Services, Knowledge E
Philip Purnell graduated from the Institute of Psychiatry, London and then went on to hold a research post at the Max-Planck Institute of Psychiatry in Munich, Germany specialising in autoimmune diseases followed by several years in the pharmaceutical industry. He subsequently held various roles in the scientific, technical and medical publishing sector in Europe and the Middle East. Philip has advised universities, research institutes, governments and funding bodies across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia on strategies to improve their research output, performance and ranking. He has also studied the underlying publication and citation data used in bibliometric studies and university rankings that he has communicated through workshops, lectures and publications in more than 20 countries.
Philip is the founder of the Research Division of Knowledge E, a Middle East based information provider and knowledge strategy consultancy that offers a series of master classes for the research community covering writing, researching, speaking and publishing skills.