Archive for 17 July 2010

PRTLI Funding Announced

Posted in research with tags on 17 July 2010 by Steve

“… There is a real danger that innovation will get captured as simply meaning commercialisation of ICT and bio-science research and measured only in terms of short to medium run monetary gains. It is worth debating what the value of social science really is …” (more)

[Liam Delaney, Geary Behavioural Economics Blog, 17 July]

The PRTLI research agenda: practical or intellectual?

Posted in research with tags , on 17 July 2010 by Steve

“Funding the latest Cycle of the Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions (PRTLI) is one of the key elements in the Irish government’s plan for a ‘smart economy’, and in that context it may be that some commentators will look for direct links between the subject areas of the research and the country’s current problems and issues …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 17 July]

Investment in Third Level Research is Vital but needs Focus

Posted in research with tags , , on 17 July 2010 by Steve

“Fine Gael Frontbench Spokesperson on Innovation & Research, Deirdre Clune TD, has welcomed the Government’s announcement of the €359 million investment in third level research and innovation. However, Deputy Clune called for the funds to be invested in a focused manner in order to have the greatest possible impact on economic recovery …” (more)

[Deirdre Clune TD, 16 July]

€359m research investment to create 2,000 building jobs

Posted in research with tags on 17 July 2010 by Steve

“More than 2,000 jobs will be created when a €359m state-backed research investment gives the troubled construction sector a temporary boost. The building programme at colleges nationwide will in turn lead to another 379 jobs in research and development, based at the newly-built venues …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly and others, Independent, 17 July]

Historian Orlando Figes agrees to pay damages for fake reviews

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 17 July 2010 by Steve

“… The award-winning Figes, professor of history at Birkbeck, University of London, admitted in April to posting critical reviews of books by a number of authors, including fellow historians Rachel Polonsky and Robert Service, praising his own work and rubbishing that of his rivals …” (more)

[Alexandra Topping, Guardian, 16 July]

What Tech Transfer Offices Miss

Posted in research with tags , on 17 July 2010 by Steve

“… But as Fini, Lacetera and Shane’s analysis of 11,572 professors show, a large swath of academic entrepreneurship occurs outside the university intellectual property system. Specifically, about two-thirds of businesses started by academics are not based on disclosed and patented inventions …” (more)

[Inside View, 15 July]

Vince Cable is not making higher education fairer

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 17 July 2010 by Steve

“Behind the smokescreen of his graduate tax announcement is the silent scrapping of targets to get more people to university. Vince Cable’s statements on the graduate tax yesterday was shrewd politics indeed …” (more)

[David Lammy, Guardian, 16 July]

Mixed reactions to graduate tax proposals

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 17 July 2010 by Steve

“In a major speech yesterday, Business Secretary Vince Cable has suggested that the current top-up fees system should be replaced with an alternative graduate tax. This graduate tax would see students pay a marginally higher income tax than non-graduates …” (more)

[Emma Gallen, The Gown, 16 July]

Cowen hails €360m third-level research spend

Posted in research with tags , on 17 July 2010 by Steve

“Ireland’s research reputation and job-creation potential is to get a major boost through a €359 million investment that will create almost 2,400 jobs, according to Taoiseach Brian Cowen …” (more)

[Niall Murray and Scott Millar, Irish Examiner, 17 July]

PRTLI Cycle 5 – a broad outline

Posted in research with tags , on 17 July 2010 by Steve

“All credit to the government, and to the Taoiseach and the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation in particular: this is a very significant investment in the state’s R&D capacity. Details can be found here. The total investment in this cycle is going to be €358,729,000 …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 16 July]

Govt pumps €359m into PRTLI 5 – largest investment in research

Posted in research with tags , , on 17 July 2010 by Steve

“Today, the Government announced the largest investment in research in the State’s history with €359m going into PRTLI Cycle 5. The move will make Ireland Europe’s innovation hub, said Enterprise Minister Batt O’Keeffe …” (more)

[John Kennedy, Silicon Republic, 16 July]

Study Finds No Link Between Social-Networking Sites and Academic Performance

Posted in Life with tags on 17 July 2010 by Steve

“Spend as much time on Facebook as you want – it won’t affect your GPA, a new study says. Researchers at Northwestern University found no connection between time spent on social-networking sites and academic performance …” (more)

[Kelly Truong, Chronicle of Higher Education, 15 July]