Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Researchers as Astrologists

A Cambridge zoologist is quoted in the Times Higher bemoaning the complexity of modern funding appilcations, and claiming that they are turning young academics into 'insecure bureaucrats.' Peter Lawrence criticised the time it takes to write applications, and the way researchers are asked to become 'astrologists' predicting the path their research will follow.
'Applications have become so detailed and so technical that trying to select the best proposals has become a dark art,' said Dr Lawrence.
Time to recruit Mystic Meg to Research Services...

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