Fei Xia


From: Fei Xia

Sent: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 11:26 AM

To: Ivor Catt

Cc: Alex Yakovlev

Subject: RE: You


Dear Ivor:


I think you could start from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Research_Excellence_Framework and maybe some of the “references” cited in that article.


Very much enjoyed your talk here, and the wonderful storied during the dinner.


Cheers, Fei



From: Ivor Catt [mailto:icatt@btinternet.com]
Sent: 23 October 2013 11:12
To: Fei Xia
Cc: Alex Yakovlev
Subject: You


Dear Ivor


Fei (more formally Dr Fei Xia) is my closest (since 1996) research associate.

You may address your questions to him directly. His email is Fei.Xia@ncl.ac.uk




Dear Dr. Fei Xia,

You will understand that my visit to Newcastle was very stressful, culminating in the excellent lecture you gave at our final dinner. Your information and insights filled a gap in my research, and I very much need it.


I know you said that China was escaping from a certain grip which England was now falling into, but I forget the details. Perhaps it was the pressure to conform.


I am not sure how much you said about “publish or perish”, linking publication with continued government funding for research. This is the information which I very much need. Since I am outside the academic steeplechase, I have no other way to get hold of these insights. T S Kuhn omitted three key factors in his book, and this was one of them.


I have written and even published a great deal in this field, but lack your knowledge.


I am not sure whether you were at the 9 October seminar.









Ivor Catt

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