Providing evidence to policymakers through select committees is a great way for researchers to influence current policy debates. But if you’ve never done it before, the formality of the task may appear daunting. Patrick Hanley has compiled thoughts and experiences from several LSE academics with their tips on preparing and giving evidence to policymakers. This is part one of a series on Giving […]
An administrative blight is destined to spread throughout universities if academics don’t learn how to resist
The structure of universities in the UK, US and Canada have altered dramatically in recent years with numbers of administrative and support personnel rising rapidly by up to 300 per cent in some institutions. Benjamin Ginsberg warns that academic priorities are determined by administrators without goals of scholarship at heart. During my nearly five decades in the academic world, the […]
The data confirms: If you want to stay in science and see your children grow up don’t have children before you have tenure
Women are much more likely than men to move out of the research-professor pipeline in order to have children. Bjoern Brembs wonders if we should make science a 9-5 job in order to accommodate women with children, or should we get used to not having a 50-50 distribution of men and women? Recently there was an interview with Beryl Lieff […]
Book review: European Universities and the Challenge of the Market: A Comparative Analysis, by Marino Regini
In a study of higher education institutions in six European countries, Marino Regini considers the increasing marketization of higher education, and presents a useful ‘typology of HE change’. Tony Murphy feels that the study is too heavy and complex in places, but that this should not detract from the value, originality and expected influence of the text. European Universities and the Challenge […]
Book Review: Creating the Market University: How Academic Science Became an Economic Engine by Elizabeth Popp Berman
Contributing to debates about the relationship between universities, government, and industry, Elizabeth Popp Berman sheds light on how knowledge and politics intersect to structure the economy. Arnaud Vaganay finds the book to be extremely topical: UK universities are now catching up with their American rivals to spur on the growth the country so badly needs. Creating the Market University: How Academic Science became […]
The REF will strangle our vibrant academic community: it will alter morale, academic valuation of our work, and the way in which we do it
As researchers debate ideas of how to create an academic impact in preparation for the REF, Dr Peter Wells looks at the impact that the REF stands to have on academics, their morale and the ways in which they work. The main avowed purpose of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) is as a mechanism to inform the distribution of […]
What does the future hold for higher education? Is the university set to become like the panopticon, where academics are constantly surveyed and regulated in the name of efficiency? Tony Murphy finds that A Manifesto for the Public University is a must for all those with vested interests in HE: students, researchers, and VCs, as well as policy makers actively engaged in shaping the future. […]
Anne-Wil Harzing provides an excellent introduction to the complex world of article level citation data in the Publish or Perish Book. Dave Puplett, E-Services Manager at the Library of The London School of Economics, highly recommends Harzing’s book to any researcher who wishes to understand the growing field of citation analysis, and finds some useful tips on using citation software to evaluate other academics […]
Here come our top 10 most popular guest posts of the year. Thank you to all our contributors and readers!
1: Social media is inherently a system of peer evaluation and is changing the way scholars disseminate their research, raising questions about the way we evaluate academic authority, by Alfred Hermida.
2: As scholars undertake a great migration to online publishing, […]
Knowledge Transfer professionals lead on realising the social and economic benefits of UK research, but their roles are suffering under the creaking economy.
As the economy struggles to recover, many institutions in the UK have faced reductions in funding and a loss of some Knowledge Transfer jobs. Linda Baines, Secretary and Treasurer at AURIL, rounds up last week’s AURIL conference on delivering knowledge transfer for growth in a difficult economic climate, noting that those in the sector are rising to the challenge of […]
The recent debate over the 50p tax rate illustrates that academic debates conducted through newspaper letters pages are rarely productive. Economists have an obligation to provide serious evidence for their claims.
Last week 20 economists wrote to the Financial Times urging the government to scrap the 50% marginal tax rate on incomes over £150,000. Alan Manning argues that while it is important for academics to influence debate on public policy, such ‘group’ letters are more about who is signing them than the content that they contain. On 7 September 2011, a […]
In a fractured funding landscape, the ESRC are looking to invest in excellence with impact. A combination of academic merit and project management skills is essential
Last month the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) announced the first call for proposals for the newly integrated Centres and Large Grant Competition 2011-12. Adam Golberg navigates the stormy waters of funding competitions and here dissects exactly what the ESRC are looking to invest in … just don’t mention the Big Society. The ESRC Centres and Large Grants competition was […]