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)

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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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Sustainability and Irish Science

Posted in Research on December 19th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“There’s an interesting news item in the Education section of the Irish times about the appointment of Prof Séamus Davis to positions at both the University of Oxford and University College Cork, under a Science Foundation Ireland scheme intended to capitalize on Brexit (and the imminent loss of EU funding it implies) and the unhappy situation for science in the USA …” (more)

[In The Dark, 19 December]

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Future EU-UK research and higher education cooperation at risk: what is at stake?

Posted in Research on December 19th, 2018 by steve

Abstract: The UK higher education sector has entered a period of turbulence, as the consequences of the UK leaving the European Union (EU) hit home. Higher education institutions are bracing themselves for what will no doubt be a period of substantial change, uncertainty and challenge. The complexity of the intricate relationships linking EU member states, as well as the EU institutions and their member states, appears to have been misunderstood and understated in the UK, by both the political class and the general public, at the time of the June 2016 referendum. If information is indeed power, its current unavailability is a concern, given that the UK government’s plans to remain firmly embedded within the European Research Area and the Erasmus+ programme remain non-committal. In what can be described as a game of high politics between the EU and the UK government, the fate of research and higher education collaboration will be sealed by high-level inter-governmental agreements decided behind closed doors.

Ludovic Highman, Future EU-UK research and higher education cooperation at risk: what is at stake?, Tertiary Education and Management. First Online: 18 December 2018.

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Is it time for a new classification system for scientific misconduct?

Posted in Legal issues, Research on December 17th, 2018 by steve

International“Are current classification systems for research misconduct adequate? Toshio Kuroki – special advisor to the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science and professor emeritus at the University of Tokyo and Gifu University – thinks the answer is no …” (more)

[Retraction Watch, 17 December]


5 alternative Christmas songs for festive academic writing

Posted in Research on December 17th, 2018 by steve

“Five days to go. The end is near. It’s the last week of semester 1 and I cannot wait for Friday. Yes, yes, I know I’m on sabbatical but contrary to popular belief I’m still working you know! I’m trying (unsuccessfully at the moment) to get a head start on some non-PhD writing projects. I have a long list …” (more)

[A Law Unto Herself, 17 December]


Systemic reforms and further consultation needed to make Plan S a success

Posted in Research on December 12th, 2018 by steve

“ALLEA, the European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities, published an initial response to Plan S, an initiative for open access publishing supported by a consortium of research funders. The ALLEA statement welcomes the ambition of the proposal and identifies a number of challenges to be considered by funding agencies in order to prevent perverse incentives and unintended consequences in the scientific publishing sector and the research evaluation system when moving towards open access …” (more)

[AlphaGalileo, 12 December]

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