Monday, 16 May 2016

Real Call or Bugger All?

Some of you will have whiled away a slow afternoon playing with the Research Council Priority Generator.

Well, in this world of Facebook quizzes, it seemed foolish not to test your knowledge properly. Luckily, the wonderful Laura Shockley stepped up to the mark and together we offer you the 'Real Call or Bugger All?' quiz.

So are you a Research Support ninja, or still making your way as an apprentice or commis chef? There's only one way to find out...

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

The Nudge Effect

When David Cameron and Nick Clegg stumbled, blinking, into power in 2010 they issued The Coalition: Our programme for government, which tried to identify the common ground that existed between their two parties. “We are both committed to turning old thinking on its head and developing new approaches to government. For years...there has been the assumption that central government can only change people’s behaviour through rules and regulations. Our government will be a much smarter one, shunning the bureaucratic levers of the past and finding intelligent ways to encourage, support and enable people to make better choices for themselves.”

This idea came from a book written by Richard Thaler, an economist at the University of Chicago, and Cass Sunstein of the Harvard Law School. Nudge: Improving decisions about health, wealth and happiness was a little like Freakonomics before it: a popular, counterintuitive take on the behavioural psychology that underlies the apparently rational choices we make.