Metrics of Inequality: The Concentration of Resources in the U.S. Biomedical Elite
Academic scientists and research institutes are increasingly being evaluated using digital metrics, from bibliometrics to patent counts. These metrics are often framed, by science policy analysts, economists of science as well as funding agencies, as objective and universal proxies for scientific worth, potential, and productivity.
Academic systems rely on the existence of a supply of "outsiders" ready to forgo wages and employment security in exchange for the prospect of uncertain security, prestige, freedom and reasonably high salaries that tenured positions entail.
I'm Striking Because Insecure Academic Contracts Are Ruining My Mental Health
A recent University and College Union (UCU) survey reported that 70% of the 49,000 researchers in higher education in the UK are currently employed on fixed-term contracts, as are 37,000 teaching staff (the majority of whom are paid hourly). The authors argues that the yearly search for new work is harming their health and is forcing them to put their life on hold.
Thousands of Universities Join Wave of Climate Emergency Declarations
The climate emergency movement is heading to school. Global higher education networks tying together more than 7000 universities and colleges from across the globe declared a climate emergency and published a three-point plan to confront the escalating environmental crisis.
Establishing, Developing, and Sustaining a Community of Data Champions
While research data support units now exist in many universities, these are typically not able to provide discipline-specific expertise or resources. This article focuses on the Data Champion Programme at the University of Cambridge, which empowers discipline-specific expertise already embedded within each unit to advocate for good RDM and to deliver support locally.
Universitärer Mittelbau: Ein Königreich für einen Lehrstuhl
Sie sind die neunzig Prozent, die den akademischen Betrieb aufrechterhalten: Berichte aus dem Inneren eines Systems, das aus der Perspektive des wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchses so nicht länger funktionieren darf.
This paper presents a first attempt to analyse Open Access integration at the institutional level. For this, we combine information from Unpaywall and the Leiden Ranking to offer basic OA indicators for universities. OA indicators are also disaggregated by green, gold and hybrid Open Access. We then explore differences between and within countries and offer a general ranking of universities based on the proportion of their output which is openly accessible.
British Public Proud of the UK's Universities, New Poll Reveals
There is a myth that the public are sceptical about the merits of universities. In fact, as this research shows, the opposite is true. The public are hugely positive towards universities and see the benefits of a university education.
Overall, the most elite ranks of Europe’s Most Innovative Universities have held steady from last year. The list was compiled in partnership with Clarivate Analytics, and is based on proprietary data and analysis of patent filings and research paper citations.
The Enemy Within - Why the Narrative About Universities and Students Went So Wrong
From Margaret Thatcher to Generation Snowflake, Keith Joseph to Sam Gyimah, why and how have universities and students found themselves so firmly on the wrong side of public opinion? And what are we going to do about it?