Journal papers, grants, jobs … as rejections pile up, it’s not enough to tell academics to ‘suck it up’

Posted in Life on February 3rd, 2021 by steve

“Most academics regularly submit papers and compete for grants and promotions. These endeavours are necessary for their success but often end in rejection. Responses to rejection in academia have typically been individually focused. Most discussions of the topic describe what academics themselves can do to cope with rejection …” (more)

[Kelly-Ann Allen and others, The Conversation, 3 February]

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Parties outline education vote-grabbing proposals

Posted in Governance and administration on January 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Bonus points for honours Mandarin in the Leaving Cert – the first exams are coming in 2022 – may seem an unlikely vote-grabber, but it is among the pre-election promises from Fianna Fail …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 29 January]

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More haste less speed in calls for grant proposals

Posted in Research on August 11th, 2018 by steve

“This blogpost was prompted by a funding call announced this week by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), which included the following key dates: Opening date for proposals – 6 August 2018; Closing date for proposals – 18 September 2018; PI response invited – 23 October 2018; PI response due – 29 October 2018; Panel – 3 December 2018; Grants start – 14 February 2019 …” (more)

[BishopBlog, 11 August]

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What would happen if grant reviews were made public?

Posted in Research on January 8th, 2015 by steve

International“Many scientists struggle to understand why some grant applications succeed and others fail, perhaps explaining the online popularity of two articles calling for increased transparency in the grant peer-review process …” (more)

[Chris Woolston, Nature, 8 January]

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Why evaluating scientists by grant income is stupid

Posted in Research on December 12th, 2014 by steve

UK“As Fergus Millar noted in a letter to the Times last year, ‘in the modern British university, it is not that funding is sought in order to carry out research, but that research projects are formulated in order to get funding’. This topsy-turvy logic has become evident in some universities …” (more)

[Dorothy Bishop, CDBU, 11 December]

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Third Level Funding – Grant Reduction

Posted in Governance and administration on June 12th, 2013 by steve

Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills if the €20 million reduction in grants to universities and other institutes of higher education included in the 2013 revised estimates volume published by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform is external to the €44 million additional savings required by his Department this year; the rationale behind this reduction of grants to universities and institutes of higher education; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 11 June]

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How to succeed with grant applications

Posted in Research on May 10th, 2011 by steve

“The best way to get grant proposals funded once success rates fall to around 15% is to bombard the market with applications, a mathematical analysis suggests. But, warns the paper, published in PLoS ONE, it also hampers scientific productivity by increasing the time that researchers need to spend on writing proposals …” (more)

[Zoë Corbyn, Nature News, 10 May]


Time is right to bring back third-level fees and grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 30th, 2010 by steve

“The abolition of third-level fees means it is almost entirely the children of the better-off who literally cash in. A good educational system, producing bright, motivated students, is a critical part of a strong economy …” (more)

[Karlin Lillington, Irish Times, 30 July]

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Reform of third-level grant scheme shelved, says Quinn

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 14th, 2009 by steve

Ireland“New moves to reform the third-level grant scheme – which would make it easier for students to access grants – have been shelved by the Government, Labour’s Ruairi Quinn said yesterday. The Student Support Bill is intended to streamline the application for grants and reduce the bureaucracy involved. It will transfer sole responsibility for student grants to Vocational Education Committees (VECs). Mr Quinn said the decision showed Minister for Education Batt O’Keeffe had no desire to help students …” (more)

[Sean Flynn, Irish Times, 14 May]

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College students face grant application woe over reforms delay

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 14th, 2009 by steve

Ireland“Around 60,000 college students face the same red tape with grant applications for the foreseeable future as budget restrictions are to prevent the rollout of major reforms of the system. Education Minister Batt O’Keeffe has revealed that, although he hopes to re-introduce the legislation to transfer operation of all grants to Vocational Education Committees (VECs) by the summer, it will not, however, be implemented immediately …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 14 May]

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