How will COVID-19 affect research collaboration?

Posted in Research on September 6th, 2020 by steve

International“A key question for research universities is how the coronavirus pandemic will affect research and international collaboration in the future. How well has virtual communication worked and how will the expected financial stringency affect us? …” (more)

[David Bogle, University World News, 5 September]

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University’s track record in establishing industry partnerships grows

Posted in Research on March 30th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick (UL) has a long track-record of excellence in manufacturing industry collaboration. This is reflected in its success in establishing world-leading industry partnerships such as the Synthesis and Solid State Pharmaceutical Centre (SSPC); Lero, the Irish Software Engineering Research Centre; …” (more)

[Barry McCall, Irish Times, 30 March]

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HEA Plans

Posted in Governance and administration on August 13th, 2013 by steve

“And so details of the HEA plans for the ‘clustered’ approach to the third level system are emerging. I heard Tom Boland on the radio yesterday and although I don’t agree with everything that he said, but a lot of what he said sounded reasonable and plausible. But something being plausible and something being right is not the same thing …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 13 August]

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Involving Students in Research

Posted in Research on January 12th, 2013 by steve

“Hey, bloggy pals. CF and I were talking about this at the end of last semester, and she suggested that I might do a post about this topic to see what folks had to say …” (more)

[Reassigned Time 2.0, 11 January]

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Cheating at Harvard, and in the ‘Real World’

Posted in Legal issues, Teaching on September 6th, 2012 by steve

“… In most organizations, collaborating the way the Harvard students allegedly did would get you a gold star: when they stumbled on a problem they could not solve, they used all available resources and worked together to devise a solution. Unfortunately for the accused, they are students …” (more)

[Sarah Green, Harvard Business Review, 5 September]

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Making Research Matter: The Academy Versus Real-World Problems

Posted in Research on September 5th, 2012 by steve

“… the disciplinary structure of the academy largely excludes the kinds of collaborations that are needed to produce research that matters. While attempts at interdisciplinarity have prompted many advances, the cumulative impact on how much our research matters beyond the gates of our own campuses is underwhelming …” (more)

[Patricia Leavy, Huffington Post, 4 September]

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There Is No Harvard Cheating Scandal

Posted in Teaching on September 4th, 2012 by steve

“… What’s the point of prohibiting students from working together? If the students in ‘Introduction to Congress’ act as these test rules demand when they move into the workforce, they’ll be fired. Outside of academia, teamwork is the rule …” (more)

[Farhad Manjoo, Slate Magazine, 4 September]

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Harvard ‘Exam’ ‘Cheating’ Scandal rumbles on

Posted in Teaching on September 1st, 2012 by steve

“The Great Harvard Cheating Scandal of 2012 rumbles on, with more details emerging which make it seem to me that it was neither ‘cheating’ nor was it an ‘examination’. Regardless of what the official course syllabus stipulates, contradictory guidance from a professor and 4 teaching assistants, along with accepted practice and failures to catch this sooner, lead me to believe that Harvard will have to drop the allegations …” (more)

[Mike Cosgrave, 1 September]

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Combination acts

Posted in Research on February 16th, 2012 by steve

“Why isn’t co-authorship more prevalent in the arts? At a recent promotions committee meeting, I was struck by the extent to which sole-authored publication remains the norm – even though there can be genuine intellectual benefits when collaboration succeeds …” (more)

[Stephen Mumford, Times Higher Education, 16 February]

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Picture post: world map of scientific collaboration

Posted in Research on January 27th, 2011 by steve

“This gossamer image of scientific collaboration displays connections between cities 2005-09, based on shared authorship of research papers in Elsevier’s Scopus database …” (more)

[Richard Van Noorden, The Great Beyond, 27 January]


Learning from Crunch Time

Posted in Teaching on December 28th, 2010 by steve

“… Here’s what interests me more than any other facet: ‘For some they see this course as a competition. Is it? Should it be?’ Competition is healthy as well as harmful. I see third level education as an opportunity for students to discover complementary talent. For that kind of group dynamic to evolve, people need to appreciate diverse skill sets …” (more)

[Bernie Goldbach, Inside View, 28 December]

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Now it’s a small world of research

Posted in Research on December 14th, 2010 by steve

“… The idea that university researchers work in relative isolation has never been more difficult to defend or more questionable …” (more)

[Graeme Harper, The Australian, 15 December]

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Collaboration is key to international success

Posted in Governance and administration on March 10th, 2010 by steve

“It has long been my firm belief that the future of higher education in Ireland will be best served by a network of collaborating institutions, each of which has a distinctive mission and develops international excellence in appropriate priority areas of teaching and research …” (more)

[Independent, 10 March]


Industry Collaboration and Academic Research

Posted in Research on June 4th, 2009 by steve

UK“Researchers benefit from a reasonable level of collaboration with industry, not only bringing economic benefit to their institutions, but also increased publication levels. That’s according to findings presented by City University London economists at the Royal Economic Society conference in May. Cornelia Meissner outlined how she and her colleagues analysed the publications, research funds and patents of researchers in the engineering departments of Imperial College London and City University London between 1985 and 2006 …” (more)

[Aoife Geraghty, Read Around Research, 3 June]

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Barriers rising between business and universities

Posted in Research on March 12th, 2009 by steve

“Business leaders are increasingly frustrated with university red tape and ‘unrealistic expectations’ of how much research discoveries are worth, says a report from Imperial College Business School today. Getting universities to work with industry to commercialise academic research is a key government policy and ministers have earmarked £150m a year to promote it. Innovation is constantly hailed by ministers as a route out of the current recession. But the Imperial report, seen exclusively by the Guardian, suggests universities have used the extra funding to set up offices to liaise with industry, and to patent and licence the knowledge created from research. According to firms dealing with universities, this has led to a ‘rising tide’ of bureaucracy, says Dr Ammon Salter, a co-author of the Imperial report. Business leaders surveyed also said universities have ‘unrealistic expectations’ of the economic value of their research and try too hard to protect their interests …” (more)

[Anthea Lipsett, Guardian, 12 March]

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