Perceptions of Impact

This work is based on a survey of fellow UCL academics. Link is still open, so if you identify with being a researcher/academic at UCL, do take part: Perceptions of Impact. Some early results are visible below. Bar diagram scale ranges from 1 (disagree/unclear) to 4 (agree/clear).

A secret agent’s secrets we can learn from

An interesting book has emerged that tries to give us general work place advice from a rather unlikely field: spying. Writes Lucy Kellaway on FT: The main lesson from Work Like a Spy is that we are much more likely to get what we want if we watch other people carefully. It helps to identify […]

Admitting Failure – in impact

We have a conundrum. It is really hard to talk about failure. Admitting Failure is here to help. This is a community and a resource, created to establish new levels of transparency, collaboration and innovation within civil society. In my new job I will be assessing impact. Impact of science outside our university. It will […]

Declaration of university independence – money not state

A recent article in the Times Higher Education section gives an interesting viewpoint comparing the establishment and (league table) success of US and UK / European universities at large: ..the US independent research universities are the best in the world; the anglophone legally independent but financially dependent universities such as Oxford, Cambridge and University College […]

Good enough is plenty!

Both in sushi and in cycling – and in almost every other area – we celebrate freakish success. Lucy Kellaway writes again a winner column in the FT. This is all about being good enough in terms of achievement, working hard for it, and remaining sane at the same time. We hand out gold medals […]