Two cultures: "them and us" in the academic world

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Abstract

return on public investment. Impact opens new opportunities for what are known as "professional services": as scientometrical tools bestow some with con1dence they can quantify quality, the impact agenda brings lay measurements to evaluation of research. This paper is partly inspired by the famous "two cultures" discussion instigated by C.P. Snow over 60 years ago. He saw a chasm between different academic disciplines and I see a chasmbetweenacademicsandprofessionalservices, boundintocontact throughcompetingtargets. Thispaper draws on my personal experience and experiences recounted to me by colleagues in different universities in the UK. It is aimed at igniting discussions amongst people interested in improving the academic world and it is intended in a spirit of collaboration and constructiveness. As a professional services colleague said, what I have to say "needs to be said". It is my pleasure to submit this paper to the Festschrift devoted to the 60th birthday of a renowned physicist, my good friend and colleague Ihor Mryglod. Ihor's role as leader of the Institute for Condensed Matter Physics in Lviv has been essential to generating some of the impact described in this paper and forms a key element of the story I wish to tell.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-20
Number of pages20
JournalCondensed Matter Physics
Volume23
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 22 May 2020

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Keywords

  • Impact
  • REF
  • Research evaluation
  • Scientometrics
  • Statistical physics
  • Thermodynamics
  • Two cultures

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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