UCD leads way in world rankings as Trinity slides
University College Dublin (UCD) is the leading Irish university in a new global rankings based on the performance of individual subject departments.
The Dublin university ranks in the top 100 for 13 subjects, including two in the top 50 - veterinary science (29th) and English language and literature (45th).
There is some embarrassment for Trinity College Dublin, which saw its share of top 100 places drop from 16 to two, which included a 36th placing for the study of nursing.
In total, four Irish universities have taken top 100 positions for at least one subject in the latest QS University Rankings by Subject, which is headed by the USA's Harvard.
The rankings are based on scores accumulated by 4,438 universities worldwide, over a five-year period, from 2012 to 2016. They differ from overall institutional rankings in that they are largely based on the views of academics and employers, and research citations. They do not take account of measures such as student-staff ratios and funding, deteriorations in which have dragged Irish universities down international league tables in recent years.
The decline in Trinity's scores followed what was deemed to have been a breach of the QS rules in 2016 when it sent emails to encourage academics and graduates to take part in the QS reputation surveys.
The rankings agency said that although it was confirmed as an innocent mistake, it took action to "mitigate the influence of the substantial email campaign".
It said Trinity's decreases outweighed the improvements for UCD, leading to an overall drop, from 30 to 18, in Ireland's top 100 places.
University College Cork (UCC) took two top 100 positions, for nursing and pharmacy & pharmacology, while NUI Galway took one top 100 position, for nursing.