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Young Academies Release Statement in Response to ‘Plan S’ on Open Access of Scientific Output

Publicly funded research output should neither be hidden behind paywalls nor be a ‘pay-to-publish’ game. This is one of the core tenets of the Position Statement titled ‘Opportunities and Challenges for Implementing Plan S – The View of Young Academies’, which is the result of discussions among several European young academies and the Global Young Academy (GYA). The joint Statement was released on 15 October 2018.
According to the Statement, ‘We consider Plan S as a bold step that has the potential to be a game-changer in making European science open and setting an example globally on how publicly funded research is published, in particular its requirement that the copyright remains with the author and that licences adhere to the Berlin Declaration.’

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YAS responds to Universities Superannuation Scheme dispute

The RSE Young Academy of Scotland have issued a response to the dispute between the University and College Union and Universities UK regarding reforms to the Universities Superannuation Scheme.

YAS welcomes the UUK’s openness to further talks beginning on Monday 5th March in response to new a new set of proposals from UCU. As representatives of a wider body of early- to mid-career staff that includes many academics, who will be disproportionately affected by the proposed reforms to the USS, we are concerned that the solution currently favoured by UUK is one that will most negatively affect the lowest paid University staff, in particular those in fixed-term positions and those with part-time contracts (mainly women). Because pension cuts disproportionally affect individuals who are already disadvantaged in many academic fields, particularly STEM, the proposed changes have the strong potential to contribute to gender and cultural inequality in academic institutions.

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Dr Barreto’s expertise is the use of advanced laboratory techniques and the numerical modelling of soil behaviour using the Discrete Element Method (DEM). Recent work includes experimental research on the behaviour of sand-rubber mixtures to improve the seismic behaviour of foundations and structures.

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