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Related background for PACE -QMUL/Principal Simon Gaskell/Richard Horton/Lancet

Discussion in 'Other Health News and Research' started by Yogi, Sep 9, 2016.

  1. Yogi

    Yogi Senior Member

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    Just some background info on the above and their mindset and how this might play out.

    QMUL appears to be a very badly run organisation and that is why Peter White has not been reigned in and allowed to run amok with the PACE trial, harming and smearing patients and racking up £250,000 legal bill.

    QMUL have sacked good researchers based on "a count of the number of papers published, and on the impact factor of the journal in which the papers appeared."

    That is all that counts- they have sought to go up the league tables and other ethical considerations have just fallen by the way side. It has all been about the money that Peter White can bring in from the likes of the DWP, never mind the ethics of it.



    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simon_Gaskell#Controversy

    Further reading here:

    http://www.dcscience.net/2012/08/16...en-mary-university-of-london-makes-a-cock-up/

    http://blog.jfallen.org/2015/06/10/the-devil-in-the-detail-fanismissirlis/


    Queen Mary: nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition by Prof John Allen and Prof Fanis Missirlis
    http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(12)60697-7/fulltext

    Bullying at Barts by Richard Horton
    http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(12)60434-6/abstract



    Professor Fanis Missirlis has tweeted this






    Thanks to Professor Fanis Missirlis who brought this info to us



     
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    J.G

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    By way of more context: this is happening across the breadth of UK higher education. Since the introduction of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) a few years ago, UK universities are ranked by the government on the basis of research quality and output. Ranking affects funding.

    IIRC, the next evaluation is coming up in 2018. Already, universities are scrambling to attract academics with high volume and/or high quality research outputs. Hiring researchers and/or lecturers on 0-hour contracts just so that the university can submit their research under its name as part of the REF is becoming commonplace. In tandem, academics are under enormous pressure to put their work out there, imperfect if need be and, apparently, to the point of immorality.

    High quality publications have always been the key to a successful academic career. However, the REF has distorted this to 'publish now or perish now' - ethics falling by the wayside amongst all parties involved.

    Combine this with vested interests and the fact that negative results don't get published much, and you have all the ingredients for controversy. QMOL is the poster child for how misguided responses to misdirected incentives combine to make one big stinking mess - with us as victims.
     
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    Yogi Senior Member

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