Monday, 21 February 2011

REF 2014 Panels published – a quick word cloud

The Research Excellences Framework (REF) 2014 will use various tools in order to assess the research quality of UK universities. The most important one is that panels will assess four papers submitted by each UK academic. The composition of these panels has just been published (here). I extracted the affiliations of the panel members and put them into Wordle: see the picture above. The top five universities in terms of members are Cambridge, Manchester, Oxford, Edinburgh and UCL.

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

The East and the West

I just returned from Fukuoka. On the plane I watched a couple of underwhelming movies plus an excellent Korean documentary on The East and the West. The documentary is based on simple experiments showing differences between Eastern and Western culture. Usually, I don’t like these generalisations but it is actually quite astonishing. I have not been able to find the documentary online but there is a description of the project here

Update: the documentary is on YouTube now - here and here

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Kyushu University: Conference on Collective Actions

I'm heading to Kyushu University in Fukuoka, Japan, tomorrow presenting my paper on derivative action. The conference website is available here