Kettle Thought of the day: A Grant Rant
A short time ago, I found myself reading about the most recent allocation of research grants to UK universities. Partly because things like that interest me, and partly (or mostly) because I had to kill some time in the library, and that was the only decent reading material I could find nearby.
Whilst most of the grants dished out were for admirable purposes (research into renewable energy, improving the economies of sub-Saharan Africa via fibre optics, etc.) several grants struck me as categorically bizarre. Unsurprisingly, a significant number of these research projects appear to be occurring at The University of Oxford where, seemingly, a lofty status in academia means that you can study all manner of ridiculous subjects (and get paid handsomely to do so).