research funding

Leading or following: Data and rankings must inform strategic decision making, not drive them

At this week’s Future of Impact conference, Cameron Neylon argued that universities must ask how their research is being re-used, and choose to become the most skilled in using available data to inform strategic decision making. It’s time to put down the Impact voodoo doll and stop using rankings blindly. This article first appeared on the LSE’s Impact of Social Sciences blog “Impact” is a […]

December 8th, 2012|Impact|0 Comments|

The government’s Higher Education reforms have put the public infrastructure of teaching and research at serious risk

This academic year has seen the entry of the first cohort of undergraduate students under the new fees regime. In the first article of a British Politics and Policy special feature John Holmwood reflects on this new regime and the broader changes which brought it about, arguing that higher education has a enduring public value which is obscured within the […]

E-presses punch well above their weight: They are the future of scholarly monograph publishing

University e-presses might be small and underfunded, but Agata Mrva-Montoya argues that with innovative technology and an understanding of the scholarly ecosystem, they ensure that important, publically-funded research is distributed among the population who fund it. This article first appeared on the LSE Impact of Social Science blog As elsewhere in the world Australian academics are not free from the pressure […]

How long will it be until RCUK issues a call for proposals on the London riots?

There is much debate on how the government will pick up the pieces after the recent rioting and looting in London and other cities. But what do recent events mean for the direction of academic research? Phil Ward, Research Funding Manager at the University of Kent, considers how Research Councils have historically focused on contemporary social challenges, and invites you […]

Book Review: The Force of Obedience: The Political Economy of Repression in Tunisia

Matthew Partridge reviews The Force of Obedience, a book on the corruption and corporatism at work in Tunisia, and how the rhetoric of “modernisation” has in some cases been used to justify policies that have increased the power of the state.   The Force of Obedience: The Political Economy of Repression in Tunisia. Béatrice Hibou. Polity. June 2011. Find this book:   […]