Tag Archives: funding

More on Funding Universities

A few weeks ago I blogged on the % of state funding given to UCD and TCD. I have now updated it, below the fold. TL: DR – the state is no longer the largest funder,  and isn’t providing even half the funds.  I think the pictures speak for themselves Continue reading

Pipers, Tunes and Payment in the Higher Education Sector

Recent discussion on university funding has been on the basis of the Public Accounts Committee report.  This, along with the RTE Prime-time  Investigates program, has led to a perception of a state funded sector out of financial control.  Both of these are wrong.

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Funding Universities

It is surprisingly difficult to get a consistent picture of university income in Ireland over the last decade. Accounting conventions have changed, as have the requirements from the Higher Education Authority in terms of detail. Finally,  despite it being half way through 2017 it seems some, many, universities have not managed to get their 2016 or even 2015 accounts up and out.  Continue reading

20 Questions – Expert Group On University Funding Version

The Cassells report on future university funding, widely leaked (remember when government decisions were taken and then announced and when leaks were newsworthy not news?) has good and bad points in plenty. Continue reading

Basic or Applied Science?

Is this applied or basic science? Theres a growing perception, at least from some quarters, that the SFI focus now is almost entirely on applied science. The best route to scientific success now would, I suggest, be to hire a PR company and somehow persuade the funders that this was worthy of prioritization. Its government is chasing winners….good luck there

The overwhelming desire of government seems to be to somehow stumble across a new <insert techy MNC here> and get loads of jobs.

Aint. gonna. happen.

Meanwhile here is the list of funded projects for this year. To my mildly scientific eye they all seem quite applied. Although the word novel appears a lot in the titles of the project this comes in almost  each case in conjunction with therapeutic or applied. There seems to me to be little of what one might call basic science

A further point – If someone is given 200k of taxpayers money to do something, I would have hoped that the funder would require a short paragraph in laymans terms outlining what the project is  and why it is good science. Transparency is always a good idea.