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Australia’s research strength lays in science, according to first national assesment

This week THE brings us the results of Australia’s first ever national research assessment, which found research in the sciences stronger than in the humanities and social sciences.

The Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) ranked biotechnology, earth sciences, physical sciences, chemical sciences, and environmental sciences as the top 5 fields of disciplines; history was the only humanities or social […]

February 15th, 2011|News, Rankings|1 Comment|

Book review: The Great American University

As UK policymakers debate the cost of higher education, Jonathan R. Cole’s in depth study, published last year, provides a timely reminder of its value. Reviewed by Joe Manning. The Great American University By Jonathan R. Cole, PublicAffairs, 2010. Google Books Amazon Publisher Education is everything. Of the top 20 universities in the world, according to a 2010 survey, 13 […]

February 8th, 2011|Book Reviews|0 Comments|

What are universities for?

In the comments to a THE article on the surprising results of the HEFCE impact pilot study, one reader highlighted as ‘essential reading’ for all academics’ the following piece by Professor Geoffrey Boulton FRS  and Colin Lucas (ex-Oxford Vice-Chancellor):

What are Universities For? published in 2008 by the League of European Researchers.


“In an age that reveres management, metrics […]

January 20th, 2011|News|1 Comment|

UK Research Councils’ Funding Settlement

Just before Christmas the UK government announced the science and research budget for 2011/12 to 2014/15- which comes it at around £11.2billion. The ministerial statement available here breaks down the resource and capital allocation for capital by the various research councils, HEFCE, National Academies, and the UK space agendies. A more detailed report entitled ‘Investing in Science and Research’ […]

January 17th, 2011|News|0 Comments|

Impact in the news

Times Higher Education’s first issue of the new year is chock-full of interesting news on research impact:

How the Browne review, which is likely to have a major impact on British higher education, spent only £68,000 on research, most of which was spent on opinion surveys of students and parents.
A visit to Warwick Manufacturing Group reveals how universities and industry […]

January 11th, 2011|News|0 Comments|

Designing scholarly communication for the digital age

In an interview with THE Biophysicist Cameron Neylon slams the current system of communicating scientific research primarily through journal articles, an archaic system that developed in the 17th century as essentially letter aggregation (as researchers tired of sending letters to each other) and aside from the introduction of peer review has not made any major innovations since. Neylon, who […]

January 10th, 2011|News|0 Comments|
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