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    Open data sheds light on how universities are minority providers of commissioned research to government

Open data sheds light on how universities are minority providers of commissioned research to government

Anyone under the impression that universities are the dominant suppliers to government of commissioned research, advice, and knowledge, think again. Open data on government spending shows the relative dominance of other suppliers and mediators of knowledge to government – not least the private sector and think tanks. Simon Bastow presents some preliminary government-wide data.

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There is sufficient evidence to suggest Whitehall is leaning on researchers to produce politically useful research

The quality of scientific evidence in government heavily depends upon the independent assessment of research. Pressure from those commissioning the research may pose a threat to scientific integrity and rigorous policy-making. Edward Page reports that whilst there is strong evidence of government leaning, this leaning appears to have little systematic impact on the nature of the conclusions that researchers reach due to the presence […]

November 2nd, 2013|Impact|3 Comments|

How did the UK government manage to spoil something as good as open access?

There are still serious flaws to the UK government’s policy on open access, argues Frederick Friend, particularly in how it has prioritised a system with article processing charges (APCs) as the main vehicle for the publication of research. The recent Parliamentary BIS Committee report has recognised these flaws but it is unclear whether balanced change to the policy is afoot. Universities should […]

October 19th, 2013|Impact|0 Comments|

Confusion over how to measure mental health is taking a toll on workplace wellbeing, but new networks of expertise may help

Due to the confusion over what counts as evidence, mental health research has largely failed to make a significant impact on workplace wellbeing and employment relations practices. Elizabeth Cotton argues that in order to make a positive difference, academic research will have to involve new technologies and communication strategies aimed at helping people to improve their mental health at work. Academics […]

The Government’s policy on open access and scholarly publishing is severely lacking

The House of Commons Business, Innovation and Skills committee’s latest report, Open Access: Achieving a Functional Market, issued this week looks into the Government’s current policy on Open Access (OA) and scholarly publishing in general. The Committee, of which Ann McKechin MP is a member, unanimously found this policy to be severely lacking in many areas. Here, she discusses her […]

September 14th, 2013|Impact|2 Comments|

Qualitative research stresses the social context of welfare reform, but this complexity has been ignored by policy makers

Welfare reform and the implementation of Universal Credit has been met with a high degree of scepticism, not least because previous research highlights the many flaws in the system. Fran Bennett looks at why, in this case, it has been hard to influence policy makers in terms of shaping the government’s proposals. While the usual pitfalls of pre-conceived government objectives and […]

August 31st, 2013|Impact|0 Comments|

Getting Somewhere: HEFCE Proposals on Open Access for a Post-2014 Research Excellence Framework

Proposals for how the UK government intends to mandate open access for research assessment have been issued, along with the invitation for the academic community to respond. Meera Sabaratnam and Paul Kirby welcome the clarification on these policies and look ahead to what remains to be done to ensure an appropriate restructuring of the current publishing system. Last week, the UK’s Higher Education Funding Council for England […]

August 3rd, 2013|Impact|1 Comment|

Communicating the uncertainty in science is necessary to improve public confidence and decision-making of non-specialists

Uncertainty is part of science. But is scientific uncertainty a reason to worry about the reliability of findings? Tabitha Innocent presents a new public guide, Making Sense of Uncertainty, where scientists are challenging the idea that uncertainty compromises validity. Furthermore, the guide argues communicating uncertainty will help build public and political confidence in decision-making which incorporates the uncertainty into constructive action. Begin […]

July 27th, 2013|Impact|2 Comments|

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