More Than Our Rank Community Calls

The INORMS Research Evaluation Group regularly run More Than Our Rank Community Calls to advocate for, and share signatories’ experience of joining the initiative.

Spotlight Session: What students think about the global university rankings

When: Monday, 24 June 2024, 15:00-16:00 BST

In November 2023, the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) following the lead of Trinity College Dublin Student Union (TCDSU), passed a motion calling for College governing bodies to “re-evaluate their participation in university rankings” with the ultimate goal of withdrawing from any they saw as unfit. In this Spotlight session, the architects of this movement will describe what led them to this decision, what impact they believe the rankings have on students, and what the response has been to their advocacy in Ireland.

The More Than Our Rank initiative has been developed in response to some of the problematic features and effects of the global university rankings. By participating academic institutions are demonstrating a commitment to responsible assessment and to acknowledging a broader and more diverse definition of institutional success.

Spotlight Session: The Role of “Quality”, Commercial Players, and Popular Media in Global University Rankings

2 May 2024

Dr. Riyad A. Shahjahan is an Associate Professor of Higher, Adult and Life Long Education (HALE) at Michigan State University, whose current research examines the role of commercial players and media in global university rankings. In this Spotlight Session, Dr. Riyad Shahjahan discussed the ideas of evaluating research quality and the role of for-profit business and media influence on global university rankings.

Spotlight Session: How to challenge the coloniality & biases of the global university rankings

16 April, 2024

Professor David McCoy of the United Nations University International Institute for Global Health recently led on a significant review on the coloniality & biases of the global university rankings. This exposed the rankings as a mechanism by which the concentration of power and prestige among universities in the Global North is maintained and describes the resulting negative influence on global health priorities. The expert group who authored the report subsequently published a separate set of recommendations that sought to address the issues they raised.  In this spotlight session, David described how the review came about, what it found, and offer advice to all stakeholders as to how they can play their part in challenging the coloniality and biases of the global university rankings.

Spotlight Session: Withdrawing from the university rankings – the Utrecht story.

December 11, 2023

The University of Utrecht recently announced that, in addition to signing up to More Than Our Rank, they had withdrawn altogether from the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.  In this Spotlight Session, Dr Jacob Nelson, Research Policy Officer, and Dr Jeroen Bosman, Open Science Specialist, from the University of Utrecht outlined the background to their decision, the process by which the institution came to withdraw, the reaction from their academic community, and any predicted outcomes from their decision.



March 24, 2023,

Keynote talk: “Teflon tables: is there any criticism of university league tables that will stick?” by Professor Adrian Barnett, School of Public Health & Social Work, Queensland University of Technology

Why we support More Than Our Rank: The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), DORA Vice Chair, Professor Ginny Barbour

Why we became an early adopter of More Than Our Rank: Queensland University of Technology. Dr John Byron, Principal Policy Advisor

The practicalities and benefits of participating in More Than Our Rank. Mediated discussion.

Africa, Americas, Europe

When: April 17, 2023

Keynote: “The Hidden Costs of Rankings” by Leslie Chan, Associate Professor in the Department of Arts, Culture and Media and the Centre for Critical Development Studies at the University of Toronto Scarborough.

Why we support More Than Our Rank: The Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) at Leiden University. Professor Ludo Waltman, Deputy Director of CWTS

Early adopter panel. Contributions from More Than Our Rank signatory universities

The practicalities and benefits of participating in More Than Our Rank. Mediated discussion.

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