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Category Archives: Government
Feb 17 2014
There is one scientist in the current House of Commons, and only a handful more with any kind of scientific background. This fact is frequently used to illustrate Parliament’s apparent inability to bring about evidence-based policymaking. However, as Mark Goodwin argues, parliamentarians … Continue reading
Posted by: February 17, 2014
Feb 11 2014
The research career offers a variety of opportunities across sectors. Rachel Glennerster weighs up the differences between the policy world and academia for early career researchers looking at their options. Whilst both may be intellectually challenging environments, the reward structures, … Continue reading
Posted by: February 11, 2014
Jan 28 2014
Over the past 15 years, reiterated across successive governments, the concept of value for money has been internalised throughout the higher education sector. Joanna Williams outlines the reasons why it is problematic to use student choice and value for money as a … Continue reading
Posted by: January 28, 2014
Jan 27 2014
It’s the Neoliberalism, Stupid: Why instrumentalist arguments for Open Access, Open Data, and Open Science are not enough.
The Open Movement has made impressive strides in the past year, but do these strides stand for reform or are they just symptomatic of the further expansion and entrenchment of neoliberalism? Eric Kansa argues that it is time for the movement to broaden … Continue reading
Posted by: January 27, 2014
Jan 20 2014
The contemporary social sciences are now converging strongly with STEM disciplines in the study of ‘human-dominated systems’ and ‘human-influenced systems’
Much less is known about the development of the social sciences as a complete discipline group than about the previously dominant STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) discipline group. Patrick Dunleavy, Simon Bastow and Jane Tinkler set out some key … Continue reading
Posted by: January 20, 2014
Dec 17 2013
Launch event for “The Impact of the Social Sciences: How Academics and their Research Make a Difference” – 29 January 2014
Engaged Social Science: Impacts and Use of Research in the UK Book Launch and Panel Discussion Wednesday 29 January 2014 London School of Economics, Holborn 6:30 to 8:00pm followed by a drinks reception Book tickets online here [SOLD OUT but tune-in … Continue reading
Posted by: December 17, 2013
Dec 17 2013
There is a lack of durable mechanisms to connect the Professional Service Sector to academic research.
Drawing from interviews with partners in the professional service sector, Gordon Clubb investigates the opportunities and barriers facing the take-up of academic research. There is an interest in this sector to engage with academic research, there are resources to fund it, … Continue reading
Posted by: December 17, 2013
Dec 5 2013
UK research is being conceived by the UK Government as if it were primarily an investment in the journal publishing industry rather than in research productivity and impact, argues Stevan Harnad. Since the new UK open access policy was announced, … Continue reading
Posted by: December 5, 2013
Dec 4 2013
The marketisation of our universities is fragmenting the academic workforce at the students’ expense.
Business criteria, not education or the public good, drive what marketised universities do, writes Luke Martell. Universities are restructuring for the new era, ploughing money into marketing and glitzy buildings, designed to appeal to applicants as much as function for those that use them. It’s … Continue reading
Posted by: December 4, 2013
Nov 28 2013
As the REF submission period ends, mismatched publishing incentives signal challenging times ahead in academia.
Academics are frequently subject to new types of evaluations. November marks the end of the submission process for the UK funding council’s evaluation, the Research Excellence Framework (REF). John Hudson discusses some of the shortcomings of the REF and the methods … Continue reading
Posted by: November 28, 2013