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Excellence: I do not think that word means what you think it means

Starts: Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Excellence: I do not think that word means what you think it means

Presented by Professor Cameron Neylon, Professor of Research Communication, Curtin University, Perth, Australia.

Venue: EDEN 036 (Powys)

On occasion, effort is made to define words such as excellence, quality and impact, but in use this precision fails. Their deployment in guidelines, assessment criteria, and mission statements usually functions as a way of avoiding difficult questions: questions of values and the political argument over whose values are more deserving of being supported and resourced. In this session, it will be argued that the rhetorical and political power of excellence (and quality and impact) as concepts is a result, not of any imposition from the outside by administration or government, but of the stories we academics tell ourselves.

That the negative effects of quantitative research assessment practice on diversity, creativity, and indeed the ability of the academy to achieve positive impacts in the wider world, is a consequence of our own rhetorics, and that it is up to us to change them. This session will challenge us to re-think fundamental questions of what publicly funded scholarship, and its institutions, are for and suggest this offers a route to re-engaging scholarship with the outside world. Professor Cameron Neylon, Curtin University, Western Australia, is a one-time biomedical scientist who has moved into the humanities via Open Access and Open Data advocacy. His research and broader work focusses on how we can make the institutions that support research sustainable and fit for purpose for the 21st century

Category: Foundation Hour
Date: Wednesday, 18 January 2017 - Wednesday, 18 January 2017
Time: 1-2pm
Venue : EDEN 036 (Powys)

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