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March 17, 2009


Mike Fay

Not sure the academics *have* misunderstood them. In some areas, an overall success rate of 25% is nearing twice the current average. And if the quality improves, then better applications will end up in the bottom half. Not that you have to have a bad application to rank down there anyway - if you have a referee who isn't up to date in the field, or misunderstands/misreads the application, very good work can easily be dropped down that low. The difference between high middle and middle-middle ranking isn't much - and that'll add more pressure to the reviewers.

If they'd set the tariff lower than 50% of applications, then it would be more likely to weed out "poor" applications only - as it is, it'll be hitting the wrong people too often - almost randomly.

computer school

I really like to experiment on a computer through either the website or create programs other. Can you describe in more detail about the EPSRC and the benefits to the community.

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