Wednesday, 16 June 2010

How to Do More with Less

Following Vince Cable's call to 'do more with less', William Culerne Brown in Research Fortnight has come up with ten ideas. These include:
  • ditching the 'open access' agenda;
  • ditching the public engagement agenda;
  • canceling the research outcomes system, currently under development by RCUK;
  • simplifying and standardising contracts, to cut down on the time spent negotiating them;
  • simplifying grant proposals, especially in the minutiae of costing;
  • repealing the Medicines for Human Use (Clinical Trials) Regulations 2004, which he sees as much too complex and burdensome;
  • ditching the REF, and transfer QR to RCUK;
Controversial, but invigorating stuff! For the full list, and more justification of each idea, go to the main article here.

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