Tag Archives: bureaucracy

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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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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UCD’s College Tribune on saving the university

UCD student newspaper The College Tribune carries an interview with Prof Ronnie Munck, of the DCU Section Committee, on the Defend the University campaign. The charter now has been signed by over 1,000 people. ‘Students want jobs (of course!) but … Continue reading

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Union sets out principles for workload talks

DCU academic reps have had two preliminary meetings with John Doyle, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS), concerning the definition and monitoring of academic work. The union has outlined a number of principles and initial specific … Continue reading

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How would Peter Higgs fare at DCU?

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?

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