Funding the Uneconomic?

Well yes, there are some things that can’t be recognised in monetary terms, so how do we ensure that such initiatives get funded? “The relevant, recognised and desirable impacts of research, we are told repeatedly, go way beyond the purely economic. There are some things in life which cannot be measured in economic terms – […]

UKOLN Disappears :-(

Times are tough in academia: A university-based centre of expertise that advises on digital infrastructure, information policy and data management across the sector has made two-thirds of its staff redundant after cuts to its funding. Ukoln, formerly known as the United Kingdom Office for Library and Information Networking, has made 16 of its 24 University […]

Funding affects student makeup?

This is so true: “Mature students are not studying as a leisure activity,” he said. “We found that they are actually more ambitious and career-focused than younger students.” Most mature students are a delight to teach, as they know why they are there, know how to apply the skills of the workplace or managing a […]

The Women’s Library

Call for the government to earmark funding for the Women’s Library: Just over a decade ago, in early 2002, I attended the opening of the Women’s Library in Old Castle Street, East London, in a fine new building constructed on the site of some former wash houses. It was a wonderful event. Antonia Byatt, the […]

Open Publishing: Hot Topic

The debate about open publishing, etc. continues: Tensions between publishers and funding bodies over open access to research papers have flared up again after the Publishers Association accused Research Councils UK of riding roughshod over publishers’ concerns in a new draft policy on open access. The policy, which RCUK hopes to adopt by the summer, […]