Science Foundation Ireland – Research Centres

Posted in Research on January 24th, 2019 by steve

IrelandBilly Kelleher (Cork North Central, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the location of each SFI research centre; and the amount of funding allocated to each such centre in 2018 and 2019, by county, in tabular form …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 22 January]

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Science Foundation Ireland – Funding

Posted in Research on January 24th, 2019 by steve

IrelandBilly Kelleher (Cork North Central, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the capital and current funding allocated to Science Foundation Ireland on an annual basis since it was established up to 2018; and the 2019 allocation for same …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 22 January]

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Minister launches results of National Employer Survey 2018

Posted in Research on January 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD today launched the National Employer Survey 2018. The survey, completed in Q2 2018, has shown that employers are very satisfied with graduate recruits across a range of personal and workplace attributes, including computer and technical literacy, working effectively with others and numeracy/processing numerical data …” (more, download)

[Maura O’Shea, HEA, 23 January]

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Plan S Open Access Briefing

Posted in Research on January 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“This morning I found myself in the centre of Dublin to attend an event at the Royal Irish Academy, in Dawson Street. Coincidentally this is just a few yards from the Mansion House, scene of the meeting of the First Dáil on 21st January 1919 (which I blogged about here) and also scene of the commemorations of its centenary yesterday …” (more)

[In the Dark, 22 January]

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PRTLI

Posted in Research on January 19th, 2019 by steve

IrelandBilly Kelleher (Cork North Central, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation her views on the introduction of a new five year cycle with respect to the programme for research in third level institutions; the duration of the cycle in operation; and when it ceases …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 17 January]

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Research and Development Funding

Posted in Research on January 19th, 2019 by steve

IrelandBilly Kelleher (Cork North Central, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the level of public research and development intensity as measured as a percentage of GDP in each of the years 2005 to 2018; and the budgeted figure for 2019, in tabular form …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 17 January]

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Minister of State Mitchell O’Connor welcomes record number of enrolments in Higher Education Institutions in 2017

Posted in Governance and administration, Research on January 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor has welcomed today’s release of key statistics from the Higher Education Sector in ‘Higher Education: Key Facts and Figures’ by the Higher Education Authority (HEA). Student numbers in the sector have increased from 196,000 in 2011/12 to almost 232,000 in 2017/18, an increase of some 18% …” (more, download)

[Department of Education and Skills, 18 January]

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UL headquartered centre contributes over half a billion euro to economy

Posted in Research on January 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Every €1 invested into Lero, a national research centre headquartered at the University of Limerick, has generated five times its value to the Irish economy, a new report has found. A study by the UL Kemmy Business School has found that over the last 13 years, every €1 invested into Lero contributed €5.25 to the economy on average …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 17 January]

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Appointment as Chairperson to the Board of Science Foundation Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration, Research on January 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation invites applications from suitably qualified candidates for the position of Chairperson of the Board of Science Foundation Ireland. The ideal candidate for the position should demonstrate in their application evidence of: a proven record of achievement at an appropriately senior level that demonstrates the necessary vision, leadership and management skills, as well as personal resilience; prior experience of Board membership or of Chairing a Board …” (more)

[StateBoards.ie, 16 January]

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Science Foundation Ireland Research Plan

Posted in Research on January 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Dr Maria Prencipe, UCD Conway Institute, and Professor Mark Ferguson, Director General of Science Foundation Ireland and Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government, discusses the launch of Science Foundation Ireland’s annual plan that will be finding 20 research projects across a range of sectors” (podcast).

[RTÉ – Drivetime, 16 February]

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Editorial Mutiny at Elsevier Journal

Posted in Research on January 14th, 2019 by steve

International“The entire editorial board of the Elsevier-owned Journal of Informetrics resigned Thursday in protest over high open-access fees, restricted access to citation data and commercial control of scholarly work …” (more)

[Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed, 14 January]

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NUIG start-ups secure €35m in 2018

Posted in Research on January 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway start-ups secured €35m in funding for innovation during 2018. 36 companies based at the university’s Business Innovation Centre now employ 173 people, an increase of 20% since last year …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 12 January]

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Grudge matches

Posted in Research, Teaching on January 10th, 2019 by steve

“One of the things that students find most puzzling about university exams is that markers (or graders for US friends) can give high marks to well argued, well referenced answers with which they strongly disagree. This is perhaps helped by the fact that in Cambridge, in my faculty at least, exams are not regularly marked by those who taught the course …” (more)

[Mary Beard, Times Literary Supplement, 9 January]

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Max Planck Society Ends Elsevier Subscription

Posted in Research on January 9th, 2019 by steve

“The Max Planck Society, an enormous German research organization 14,000 scientists strong and comprising multiple research institutes, has ended its subscription to Elsevier journals, the organization announced in a statement on December 18 …” (more)

[Ciaran Quinn, Research Support Librarian Blog, 9 January]

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A Christmas break in academia

Posted in Research, Teaching on January 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“There was a time when you wouldn’t catch sight of this academic in Ireland over Christmas – I used to head straight for the ski slopes as soon as term ended. But family commitments and research workloads have put paid to that, at least for a while, and I’m not sure it’s such a bad thing …” (more)

[Antimatter, 4 January]

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The Quest to Topple Science-stymying Academic Paywalls

Posted in Research on January 5th, 2019 by steve

“Science is built, enhanced, and developed through the open and structured sharing of knowledge. Yet some publishers charge so much for subscriptions to their academic journals that even the libraries of the world’s wealthiest universities such as Harvard are no longer able to afford the prices …” (more)

[Joi Ito, Wired, 4 January]

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UK universities could go bust in wake of no-deal Brexit, think tank warns

Posted in Governance and administration, Research on January 4th, 2019 by steve

“Universities face the threat of going bust in the wake of a no-deal Brexit, a leading think tank has warned. Vital UK research – including projects that are developing cancer treatments and combatting climate change – could be ‘compromised’ if Britain leaves the EU without a deal, university bosses have said …” (more)

[Eleanor Busby, Independent, 4 January]

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WIT marks 25 years of research degrees

Posted in Governance and administration, Research on December 28th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The impact of research and research degrees at Waterford Institute of Technology on the south east region and Waterford city was highlighted on Thursday last. In 1993, Waterford Regional Technical College (WRTC) conferred its first ever PhD graduate. At the time WRTC was the first Regional Technical Colleges to award PhDs …” (more)

[Munster Express, 28 December]

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Measuring What Matters: On the Tyranny of Academic Metrics

Posted in Research on December 28th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“As an academic, I’m acutely aware of my numbers. They are the measure of my worth. As of December 2018, I have published 34 peer-reviewed journal articles (not bad for my career stage?), 12 book chapters (okay, but there are more on the way!) …” (more)

[John Danaher, Philosophical Disquisitions, 27 December]

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TCD spin-out Danalto raises seed funding from Atlantic Bridge

Posted in Research on December 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Danalto, a Trinity College Dublin spin-out focused on internet of things (IoT) services and technologies, has raised €750,000 in seed funding. The company specialises in deploying flexible IoT solutions based on the low power wide area network (LPWAN) technology standard, which allows long range communications at a low bit rate among connected objects such as sensors …” (more)

[Charlie Taylor, Irish Times, 20 December]

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