Third Level Funding – PRTLI

Posted in Research on December 15th, 2017 by steve

IrelandNiall Collins (Limerick County, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the amount allocated to the programme for research in third level institutions in 2018 …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 14 December]

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Science Foundation Ireland – Funding

Posted in Research on December 15th, 2017 by steve

IrelandNiall Collins (Limerick County, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the Exchequer funding allocated to Science Foundation Ireland on an annual basis since it was established up to 2017; and the 2018 allocation …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 14 December]

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The cross-subsidy of research by teaching is a myth

Posted in Governance and administration, Research on December 15th, 2017 by steve

“Research is loss-making. This is perhaps the most frequently uttered mantra of modern university life in the UK. Vice-chancellors on headline-grabbing salaries, who claim to run today’s universities with the same precision chief executives employ to run multinational businesses, tell us that the only way that their institutions can afford to carry out their most unique activity – research – is to subsidise it via teaching and other income streams …” (more)

[Peter Coveney and Christopher Greenwell, Times Higher Education, 14 December]

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‘Open citations’ movement targets big publishers

Posted in Research on December 13th, 2017 by steve

International“‘Open citations now!’ So concludes a new open letter to publishers from researchers who support making scholarly citations freely available, in the interest of better citation analysis. Advocates of such efforts say that references are a pillar of scholarly work and that being able to understand how articles cite each other shouldn’t require an expensive subscription to a database …” (more)

[Colleen Flaherty, Times Higher Education, 11 December]

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Scientific peer review: an ineffective and unworthy institution

Posted in Research on December 12th, 2017 by steve

“Given the entirely appropriate degree of respect that science has for data, the ongoing discussion of peer review is often surprisingly data-free and underlain by the implicit assumption that peer review – although in need of improvement – is indispensable …” (more)

[Les Hatton and Gregory Warr, Times Higher Education, 9 December]

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Germany edges towards brink in dispute with Elsevier

Posted in Governance and administration, Research on December 9th, 2017 by steve

“With less than a month to go until some of Germany’s biggest universities and research institutes sever their contracts with the Dutch publishing giant Elsevier, there is still no sign of a deal to allow continued access to the publisher’s research. The publisher has said that although a deal was still ‘possible’, the two sides are divided over how German institutions should pay …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 6 December]

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€26m funding announced for research, development and innovation

Posted in Research on December 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Government has announced €26 million in additional funding for research, development and innovation this year. €12 million will be used to meet commitments under Cycle 5 of the Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions. A further €10.6 million will go to Science Foundation Ireland to support its Research Infrastructure programme activity …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 7 December]

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Science Research Jobs, Open Only to Women

Posted in Governance and administration, Research on December 7th, 2017 by steve

“Germany’s Max Planck Society of research institutes has launched a women-only program of tenure-track positions to improve its gender balance and stop rivals poaching its best female scientists. The Lise Meitner excellence program, named after the pioneering early-20th-century physicist, is one of several women-only hiring initiatives that some observers believe are becoming more common while the proportion of women in top research positions remains stubbornly low …” (more)

[David Matthews, Inside Higher Ed, 7 December]

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Will the UK get a Brexit deal on research? That’s the €160bn question

Posted in Research on December 5th, 2017 by steve

“The government isn’t committing to a Brexit deal for universities, but we need a new partnership in science and innovation between the EU and the UK – and we need it urgently. The stakes are high: the continued ability of British universities to produce high quality research, and of the UK to retain its status as a leading knowledge economy, depend upon it …” (more)

[Ludovic Highman, Guardian, 5 December]

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Academics back authorship statements to stamp out ‘abuse’

Posted in Research on December 3rd, 2017 by steve

International“Three-quarters of researchers believe that authors should be required to declare exactly what they contributed to published journal articles in a bid to boost transparency and stamp out authorship ‘abuse’, according to a Times Higher Education poll …” (more)

[Holly Else, Times Higher Education, 30 November]

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Research Funding: PRTLI

Posted in Research on November 25th, 2017 by steve

IrelandJames Lawless (Kildare North, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation when the next round of PRTLI funding will occur; if the PRTLI funding programme is not confirmed her plans to provide a successor programme of this type of essential funding for third level institutions; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 23 November]

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How much cross-subsidy? Research funding and the British university

Posted in Research on November 19th, 2017 by steve

“A recent HEPI report exposes the confidence trick that sustains British higher education. Research excellence leads to high international status; this, in turn, leads to high numbers of international students, and these students underwrite the research. Simple, but maybe not sustainable, especially in the current climate. Indeed an examination of this creaky merry-go-round exposes the risks that face UK universities …” (more)

[Andrew McRae, Wonkhe, 19 November]

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The Fallacy of Open-Access Publication

Posted in Research on November 19th, 2017 by steve

International“Information is more accessible than ever. If you are curious about the cast of a TV show from 1975, or lyrics to your favorite ‘80s pop song, you’ll be satisfied in seconds. Yet if you want to read scientific research articles, you are likely to come up empty-handed. And that ‘open access’ model that was supposed to offer a solution? It’s created new problems …” (more)

[Andrew V Suarez and Terry McGlynn, Chronicle of Higher Education, 15 November]

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Necessity and research are the mothers of invention

Posted in Life, Research on November 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Research opportunities for Irish Science graduates have never been better. Ireland is now home to some of the world’s largest biotech and pharma companies. After nearly 10 years studying to achieve a doctorate in science however, many graduates lack the inclination to make a switch from academia to corporate …” (more)

[Joyce Rubotham, Irish Times, 16 November]

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In Trinity, Cass Sunstein Quietly Calls for Rationality

Posted in Research on November 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“If one good idea can change the world, Cass Sunstein has given it a good try over the last few decades. Even his least famous ideas have had vast impacts on government, business and law, while his best have helped change the lives of millions. Tonight, he spoke to the Trinity College Law Review …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 10 November]

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Research and Development Funding

Posted in Research on November 10th, 2017 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the funding spent on the programme for research in third level institutions in each of the years 2002 to 2016 and to date in 2017; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 7 November]

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Scholars launch non-profit rival to ResearchGate and Academia.edu

Posted in Research on November 8th, 2017 by steve

International“Would you pay $25 (£19.10) a year to use a not-for-profit alternative to ResearchGate or Academia.edu? A group of open access campaigners are raising money to build a rival to academia’s biggest social networks, who they say cannot be trusted to put researchers’ interests first …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 8 November]

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Boys find it harder to concentrate at school, ESRI study finds

Posted in Research on November 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Young boys find it more difficult than girls to concentrate in school, according to a new study from the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI). The Growing Up in Ireland study examined problems facing children aged seven and eight, and found that 19% of boys said sitting still and listening in school was difficult, compared to 8% of girls …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 7 November]

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Creating a new relationship in research, science and innovation with the EU

Posted in Research on November 2nd, 2017 by steve

“Dr Vassiliki Papatsiba from the University of Sheffield and Dr Ludovic Highman from the UCL Institute of Education highlight the urgent need for a new partnership in research, science and innovation with the EU if the UK is to retain its status as a leading knowledge economy. The briefing outlines why clarity on the future of the UK’s research relationship with the EU is so necessary …” (more)

[Centre for Global Higher Education, 1 November]

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Reshaping the tenure and promotion process so that it becomes a catalyst for innovative and invigorating scholarship

Posted in Research on November 2nd, 2017 by steve

“The metrics used to identify excellence, and on which current tenure and promotion decisions are based, have become a barrier to more exciting and innovative scholarship. Christopher P Long suggests an overhaul of tenure and promotion practices, advocating a holistic approach in which structured mentoring plays a key role and values-based metrics that will empower faculty to tell more textured stories about the impact of their work are developed …” (more)

[Impact of Social Sciences, 1 November]

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