At a recent meeting I learned that our universities carry out research based on industry proposals. Where once potential students proposed what they would like to study now industry states their research requirements and students do whatever that is.
This opens up many questions.
Does this mean the state education budget is funding the research companies should be paying for themselves?
If somebody wants to research something that questions industry can they do so? For example – if a student wanted to study the adverse affects of a drug produced in Ireland would there be support? Or resistance?
I’d really like the answers. Anyone?
Theresa O’Donohoe 27th May 2016