Would Peter Higgs survive DCU’s impending bean-counting system of evaluating academics, or would he soon become a candidate for accelerated exit for non-performance?
On his way to pick up his Nobel prize, he spoke to The Guardian:
‘Peter Higgs, the British physicist who gave his name to the Higgs boson, believes no university would employ him in today’s academic system because he would not be considered “productive” enough.
‘The emeritus professor at Edinburgh university… published fewer than 10 papers following his groundbreaking work in 1964 which identified the mechanism by which subatomic material acquires mass.
‘He doubts that a similar breakthrough could be achieved in today’s academic culture, because of the expectations on academics to collaborate and keep churning out papers. He said: “It’s difficult to imagine how I would ever have enough peace and quiet in the present sort of climate to do what I did in 1964.”‘