Women in STEM careers – evidence sought by UK Parliament

The “leaky pipeline” is sometimes used to describe the continuous loss of women at consecutive career stages within Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). These gradual losses reduce the numbers of women retained in STEM further education and work. Thus begins the House of Commons call for evidence description on the Parliament website. It is […]

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).

“Circle of university life in the age of neoliberalism carries on”

Painful to read – new insight into the open access debate & policy: The cost of academic publishing has been thrown back on to universities which will in turn inevitably be forced to make economic and strategic decisions about which academic papers they should fund. Expensive and elaborate peer-review mechanisms will have to be established […]

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 […]