Monthly Archives: August 2011

What would wholesale academic adoption of social media look like?

Last week, the LSE Impact of Social Sciences blog was asking for its readers and followers to nominate their favourite academic tweeters.  This got me thinking.  While that’s a sensible question to ask now, and one that could create a … Continue reading

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The ESRC and “Demand Management”: Part 4 – Quotas and Sanctions, PIs and Co-Is….

Previously in this series of posts on ESRC Demand Management I’ve discussed the background to the current unsustainable situation and aspects of the initial changes, such as the greater use of sifting and outline stages, and the new ban on … Continue reading

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Academics v. University administrators…. part 94…

This week’s Times Higher has another article about Benjamin Ginsberg’s book  The Fall of the Faculty: The Rise of the All-Administrative University and Why It Matters.  It’s written about the US, but it has obvious implications for the UK t00, … Continue reading

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The ESRC and “Demand Management”: Part 3 – Submissions and re-submissions

In the previous post in this series, I said a few things about the increased use of outline application stages and greater use of ‘sifting’ processes to filter out uncompetitive applications before they reach the refereeing stage.  But that’s not … Continue reading

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The ESRC and “Demand Management”: Part 2 – Sifting and Outlines

In part one of this week fortnight long series of posts on the ESRC and “demand management”, I attempted to sketch out some context.  Briefly, we’re here because demand has increased while the available funds have remained static at best, … Continue reading

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Costs of interview transcription: Take a letter, Miss Jones….

Quick post on something other than the ESRC, for a change….. Transcription is a major category of expense for social science research projects, and I’ve been wondering for some time whether it’s possible to make cost savings without sacrificing accuracy, … Continue reading

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The ESRC and “Demand Management”: Part 1 – How did we get here?

The ESRC have some important decisions to make this summer about what to do about “demand management”.  The consultation on these changes closed in June, and I understand about 70 responses were received.  Whatever they come up with is unlikely … Continue reading

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