The impacts agenda is an autonomous push for opening up and democratizing academia, not part of a neo-liberal hegemony

Posted in Research on November 20th, 2020 by steve

“Improving academic impact has been given a bad name in some academic circles, who link it to a near-conspiracy theory view of the powers of ‘neo-liberalism’. But Patrick Dunleavy and Jane Tinkler argue that (despite one or two bureaucratic distortions, like the REF), the impacts agenda is centrally about enhancing the efficacy of scientific and academic work, democratizing access to knowledge and culture, and fostering rational thinking …” (more)

[Impact of Social Sciences, 20 November]

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Plan S – are you compliant?

Posted in Research on November 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Those nice people at cOAlition S have produced a new online tool that allows authors to check whether a given academic journal complies with the requirements of Plan S as they apply to a given funder and institution. For information on how it works see here. For the actual tool (beta version) see here …” (more)

[In the Dark, 19 November]


Cork’s Tyndall National Institute secures over €56m in EU research funds

Posted in Research on November 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education and Research Simon Harris has paid tribute to the Tyndall National Institute in Cork after it surpassed more than 100 EU funded awards totalling over €56 million for research projects. Mr Harris said that the Tyndall’s securing of over 100 Horizon 2020 awards totalling some €56.1 million from the EU for research and innovation over the past seven years made it one of the most successful institutes in Ireland for European funding …” (more)

[Barry Roche, Irish Times, 17 November]

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Tyndall National Institute wins 100th Horizon 2020 award

Posted in Research on November 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Cork’s Tyndall National Institute has succeeded in securing more than €56m in funding as it reaches the milestone of its 100th Horizon 2020 award. It makes the centre one of the most successful institutes in Ireland for European funding …” (more)

[Brian Finn, RTÉ News, 12 November]

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‘Big Data on Campus’

Posted in Research, Teaching on November 10th, 2020 by steve

“Amid the periodic enthusiasm for data’s ability to revolutionize the way colleges and universities work, it can be easy to forget that having more data available doesn’t necessarily translate into leaders making better decisions on campus. It’s a point Karen L Webber and Henry Y Zheng make early in their new book, Big Data on Campus (Johns Hopkins University Press) …” (more)

[Rick Seltzer, Inside Higher Ed, 10 November]


Is it really fair to blame universities for the second wave?

Posted in Research on November 10th, 2020 by steve

“You may well have never heard of Watton. It’s a small market town in the Breckland district of Norfolk. Early last week it had the dubious distinction of having the one of the highest Covid-19 case rates in England …” (more)

[David Kernohan, Wonkhe, 9 November]

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Covid-19: Majority feel old way of working not worth the commute – poll

Posted in Research on November 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Many Irish people do not want to return to the way they worked or commuted before Covid-19 and want a greener alternative. That is according to a national survey of 1,000 adults conducted last month by Science Foundation Ireland to mark Science Week 2020 …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 9 November]

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Harris announces €53m for 71 scientific research projects

Posted in Research on November 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A broad range of Irish scientific research is to be supported by the latest round of Science Foundation Ireland’s Frontiers for the Future programme – 71 research grants totalling €53 million have been allocated for work to be carried out in 12 higher education institutions …” (more)

[Kevin O’Sullivan, Irish Times, 4 November]

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€53m in grants goes to scientific research projects

Posted in Research on November 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Millions are set to be pumped into scientific research projects, ranging from anti-ageing to potential new treatments for Alzheimer’s and Crohn’s ­disease. The Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris, announced 71 grants valued at €53m under the Science Foundation Ireland’s (SFI) ‘Frontiers for the Future’ programme …” (more)

[Eavan Murray, Independent, 2 November]

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How can we reimagine future global research post COVID-19?

Posted in Research on October 25th, 2020 by steve

International“Covid-19 is reshaping the world, including the academic world. What we were familiar with as ‘normal’ is fading away and will need to be rewritten. The world is also witnessing a fast-growing body of research on COVID-19. International organisations, governments, scientific journals and funding bodies have been calling on researchers to join forces to tackle the crisis …” (more)

[Xin Xu, University World News, 24 October]

Open Access, but at what cost?

Posted in Research on October 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“I couldn’t resist passing on the news that the Max Planck Digital Library has signed an agreement with the Nature Publishing Group to enable authors in about 120 German institutes to publish Open Access articles in Nature journals …” (more)

[In the Dark, 23 October]


Going Dutch: a new approach to Research Funding?

Posted in Research on October 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“My attention was recently drawn to a proposal for a radical overhaul of the research funding system in the Netherlands by the Dutch Academy of Sciences. The document I linked to above is in Dutch but the principles are easily understood. To prevent academics having to waste so much time writing proposals that have a very limited chance of success, it is proposed to introduce ‘rolling grants’ for which no application is needed …” (more)

[In the Dark, 18 October]

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Pluralisation of research power is diversifying science

Posted in Research on October 18th, 2020 by steve

International“After the internet emerged in 1990, universities and scientific institutes across the world became joined in a single collaborative research network for the first time in history, and in the manner of networks, global science began to expand continually with exceptional speed. World research is shaped by five simultaneous trends that feed into each other and are transforming the processes whereby human societies create and share knowledge …” (more)

[Simon Marginson, University World News, 17 October]

Studying arts while social distancing

Posted in Research, Teaching on October 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“All students are grappling with the hurdles of online learning right now regardless of course, but for students in courses such as music, visual arts, and drama, the traditionally physical elements of their subjects have brought additional challenges to the shift online. A piano student needs a teacher to guide their fingers over the keys; a drama student needs to look into another performer’s eyes for full immersion …” (more)

[Olivia Flaherty-Lovy, Trinity News, 14 October]

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Elsevier Has Deployed an End-user Tracking Tool for Security. Should Users Be Concerned About Their Privacy?

Posted in Research on October 13th, 2020 by steve

“Earlier this year, Elsevier quietly began using a tracking system to detect potentially fraudulent behavior on their sites. This should come as a surprise to exactly no one. Elsevier and other publishers have been concerned about malicious behavior on their sites for a very long time. Elsevier is not the only publisher to use this class of online fraudulent behavior security service …” (more)

[Todd Carpenter, The Scholarly Kitchen, 13 October]


Minister Harris announces targeted funding of €47 million for researchers affected by COVID-19

Posted in Governance and administration, Research on October 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris TD, has today (12 October 2020) confirmed that €47 million will be provided to support contract researchers and research students whose work has been seriously disrupted by the pandemic …” (more)

[DFHERIS, 12 October]

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Girls’ maths ability underestimated due to stereotypes, study finds

Posted in Research on October 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Gender stereotyping is resulting in girls’ performance at maths being significantly underestimated by teachers and parents from primary school onwards, according to new research. A study of 8,000 pupils in Ireland concludes that the perception that girls are not as good as boys is occurring at all levels of achievement, with the gap widest for high-performing girls …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 9 October]

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How EU Budget Cuts are Threatening the Future of Irish Research

Posted in Research on October 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Since its establishment in 2007, the European Research Council (ERC) has developed a reputation for excellence. Its grantees have won seven Nobel Prizes, four Fields Medals and five Wolf Prizes, along with the 6,100 publications produced by its grantees being among the top one per cent most cited in their respective fields …” (more)

[Jane Cook, University Times, 8 October]

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Researched to death? How universities have sidelined teaching

Posted in Research, Teaching on October 8th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The sudden transfer of third-level courses to the virtual world due to the Covid-19 pandemic raises an uncomfortable question for the education system: just how much real teaching has been going on in universities? Creating online courses at short notice serves the function of keeping students moving along the conveyor belt to graduation. But is something being lost in the process – and if so, what? …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 8 October]


Trinity advertising for professor for Black Studies module

Posted in Research, Teaching on October 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity has begun advertising an Associate Professorship in Sociology, which will focus on the school’s new Black Studies module. The module was created in June after students in College produced a petition for Trinity to establish a Black Studies module, following the debate on racial education in Ireland …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 2 October]

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