Category Archives: Academic

Items relating to academic work

What happens when universities treat students as customers

Time has a revealing opinion piece on how universities develop when they try to emulate big business and join the rankings arms race. How American Universities Turned Into Corporations is a brief but telling article that shows that, while applying business … Continue reading

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Academic work and quantified control

With workload and research metrics systems being introduced by management at DCU, Roger Burrows in this article throws some light on the effect of such measures on the working  lives of UK academics, where quantified control has already been adopted … Continue reading

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No requirement to complete new workload forms

The DCU SIPTU Section Committee restates its position regarding workload forms which are being circulated by management in some departments:

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Can we really measure research supervisory quality?

Originally posted on Brian M. Lucey:
Research metrics are fraught with danger. Usually they are dangerous when they are abused. We can measure the citation history of a paper but that tells us little beyond its citation history. We can measure…

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TUI gets set for pay claims

The Teachers Union of Ireland, which represents 4,000 third level lecturers, has resolved at its annual conference to seek  pay rises. And the union says it will ballot its members to withdraw from the Haddington Road Agreement should the Government not … Continue reading

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DCU’s workload and FEC documents

DCU has begun to require academic staff in selected departments to complete extensive performance-related forms.

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Mary Gallagher on RTÉ’s Dialogue

Mary Gallagher, author of Academic Armageddon – An Irish Requiem for Higher Education, who spoke recently at DCU as part of the Defend the University campaign, talks to RTÉ’s Andy O’Mahony about the corporate agenda now making itself felt in Irish … Continue reading

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