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Are research sandpits a good way to allocate public funding to research?

20 DEC 2013
Topic : Education News

There aren’t a lot of women professors around, particularly in science and engineering. Figures from the Higher Education Statistic Agency (HESA) indicate that only one in five professors are women, even though women make up half of the rest of the academic workforce. There are many reasons for this, but here’s a contributing factor which deeply irritates me: research council sandpits.

These are five-day intensive residential workshops at which research consortia are formed and large sums of research funding are allocated. They are fairly brutal events by reputation – disturbingly the phrase “tribal behaviour” crops up in one description of how the sandpit model was developed.

Read full article: The Guardian