Research Funding Data

Posted in Research on September 21st, 2017 by steve

IrelandJames Lawless (Kildare North, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the number of SMEs that have undertaken applied research in conjunction with a funded agency or institution under the aegis of her Department in each of the past ten years, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 20 September]

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Higher Education Institutions: Research Infrastructure

Posted in Research on September 21st, 2017 by steve

IrelandJames Lawless (Kildare North, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he has requested an analysis of the status of research infrastructure within higher education institutes, HEIs; his plans for reviewing and funding strategic development plans in the HEIs; if he has carried out an analysis of the impact on HEIs of the potential withdrawal of UK HEIs from EU funding programmes; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dail written answers, 20 September]

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STEM: from harmless acronym to dangerous idea?

Posted in Research, Teaching on September 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Before I start I want to mention something about the School of Biotechnology because it has had an impact on a lot of my thinking around STEM. The signature programme of our school is the BSc in Biotechnology …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 21 September]


The peer review system has flaws. But it’s still a barrier to bad science

Posted in Research on September 20th, 2017 by steve

International“Democracy and scientific peer review have something in common: it’s a ‘system full of problems but the least worst we have’. That’s the view of Richard Smith, a medical doctor and former editor of the illustrious British Medical Journal …” (more)

[Brenda Wingfield, The Conversation, 20 September]

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Third Level Institutions: IMERC

Posted in Research on September 19th, 2017 by steve

IrelandSeán Sherlock (Cork East, Labour): To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation if her attention has been drawn to the decision by University College Cork and Cork Institute of Technology to withdraw staffing and funding from the Irish marine and energy research cluster IMERC in Ringaskiddy, County Cork (details supplied); and the future of the research facility, in view of this withdrawal by same …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 11 September]

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Trinity’s New Conservative Publication Isn’t Off to a Promising Start

Posted in Research on September 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity is set to get its own student-run conservative publication. Due to officially launch this week, the Burkean Journal has so far published pieces from some of Ireland’s already-prominent conservative voices …” (more)

[University Times, 17 September]


Amidst criticism of the peer review process, the valuable contributions of reviewers should be defended

Posted in Research on September 16th, 2017 by steve

“As flaws in the peer review process are highlighted and calls for reform become more frequent, it may be tempting for some to denigrate and dismiss the contributions of the reviewers themselves. Maxine David has been witness to this and here makes an appeal to give space to recognise those who offer their time and expertise voluntarily and generously …” (more)

[Impact of Social Sciences, 16 September]

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Medical entry exam does measure ‘emotional intelligence’, say operators

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration, Research on September 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The group behind the Hpat assessment, which is taken by students hoping to pursue a career in medicine, has defended the test’s ability to assess emotional intelligence, saying it successfully examines candidates’ ‘thoughts, feelings and behaviour’. Research published last week by doctors from University College Cork found that Hpat assessment results were not consistent with students’ self-reported empathy levels …” (more)

[Sorcha Pollak, Irish Times, 11 September]

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Germany’s strategy for life without Elsevier

Posted in Research on September 10th, 2017 by steve

“German universities have coped ‘easily’ when cut off from Elsevier journals and do not need to rely on pirate article-sharing sites such as Sci-Hub, according to a negotiator from Germany’s biggest network of research centres …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 5 September]

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Trinity to create 3D model of College using drone technology

Posted in Research on September 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity is to create bird-eye view imagery and video of the College using drone technology. Hundreds of high resolution images and videos were taken of Trinity earlier this month. Trinity is aiming to use this imagery for a multitude of new projects, including a 3D model of the college …” (more)

[Jessica Howard, Trinity News, 8 September]


Tweets on academic papers ‘mechanical and devoid of original thought’

Posted in Research on September 8th, 2017 by steve

“Much of the activity about academic journal articles posted on Twitter is ‘mechanical and devoid of original thought’, according to a new study that calls into question the value of some alternative metrics used to evaluate research. The authors of the study, which analysed 8,000 tweets about 4,000 research papers in the field of dentistry, say that ‘simplistic and naïve’ use of social media data risks damaging science …” (more)

[Holly Else, Times Higher Education, 2 September]

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University rankings highlights need for greater emphasis on research – Lawless

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

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Research and Development James Lawless TD says the publication of the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings highlights the need for a greater emphasis to be placed on developing Ireland’s third level research sector …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 7 September]

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More focused approach to scientific research is paying off

Posted in Research on September 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The announcement of four new Science Foundation Ireland research centres is one of the most significant investments in scientific endeavour in Ireland of recent years, and will maintain momentum for an approach that is generating globally-significant research …” (more)

[Kevin O’Sullivan, Irish Times, 7 September]


New €20m fund for agricultural research and innovation

Posted in Research on September 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A new €20 million fund for agricultural research and innovation has been announced by the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF). The ‘Ireland AgTech Fund (IAF)’ will invest in start-up and early stage AgTech companies that can ‘generate significant economic impact’ in the Irish agriculture and food sectors …” (more)

[Colin Gleeson, Irish Times, 6 September]

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Close research links with EU ‘negotiable’ post-Brexit

Posted in Research on September 6th, 2017 by steve

“The government is prepared to negotiate continued membership of the European Union’s research funding bodies after exiting the EU, the BBC understands. A range of options for scientific collaboration will be set out in a government paper on Wednesday …” (more)

[Pallab Ghosh, BBC News, 6 September]

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Ireland Should Jump at the Opportunity to Join CERN

Posted in Research on September 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“With an increasing number of people and organisations joining the call for Ireland to become members of CERN, it is surprising how little enthusiasm has been shown by the government for membership of the illustrious group …” (more)

[University Times, 3 September]


Science teachers call for Ireland to join Cern

Posted in Research on September 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“It is ‘high time’ Ireland joins the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (Cern), a body representing science teachers in Ireland has said. The Irish Science Teachers Association (ISTA) said Ireland’s presence in Cern would allow researchers to achieve similar discoveries that had changed the face of science and medicine …” (more)

[Pádraig Hoare, Irish Examiner, 2 Setpember]


Why Men Don’t Believe the Data on Gender Bias in Science

Posted in Research on August 29th, 2017 by steve

“Earlier this summer Google engineer James Damore posted a treatise about gender differences on an internal company message board and was subsequently fired. The memo ignited a firestorm of debate about sex discrimination in Silicon Valley …” (more)

[Alison Coil, Wired, 25 August]

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UCC used more than 4,000 live animals for research last year

Posted in Research on August 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Rabbits, birds and guinea pigs were among more than 4,100 live animals used in research experiments at University College Cork (UCC) last year. The animals were sourced through specialist suppliers in Ireland, the UK and the US at a cost of almost €200,000. A further €3,000 was paid to dispose of carcasses …” (more)

[Darragh McDonagh, Irish Times, 27 August]

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Reaction to Animal Testing in Trinity is Hypocritical and Inconsistent

Posted in Research on August 25th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The issue of animal testing for biomedical purposes within Trinity was dragged into the news again this week, following the release of figures by the Irish Independent showing that over 100,000 animals had been used in research since 2012 …” (more)

[Ciannait Khan, University Times, 24 August]

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