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UK: Academic ideals are being crushed to suit private-sector style management

UK: Academic ideals are being crushed to suit private-sector style management | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

If universities continue to heed the call of corporatisation, the role of the academic – as we know it – will become extinct.

As an early-career lecturer in a post-1992 university, I often feel like a rare bird in an ornate cage struggling to maintain its dignity in a discount superstore filled with pets. This bird knows it could have been a proud representative of a noble lineage and chirrups dolefully as it ruffles its plumes, but the song is drowned out by the bustling sale of cheap, plastic imitation bird-objects around it. (...) - by Anonymous academic, The Guardian, 2 February 2014

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University of Edinburgh agrees to stop using zero-hours contracts

University of Edinburgh agrees to stop using zero-hours contracts | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The University of Edinburgh on Friday promised to end its policy of hiring staff on zero hours contracts after being named and shamed as the UK’s worst supporter in Higher Education of the controversial employment practice.

Research by the University and College Union (UCU) revealed 2,712 people at the prestigious Russell Group institution are on zero-hour contracts of whom 2,382 were in teaching and research posts. (...) by Paul Gallagher, The Independent, 06 September, 2013

 

 

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