Monthly Archives: August 2015

The disciplinary dashboard: from reception class to retirement

Not by Derek Sayer.  Another excellent piece from Liz Morrish, comparing the scandalous workplace regime at Amazon exposed in today’s New York Times with what is rapidly becoming the new normal in UK universities (and likely to only get worse with the introduction of the TEF to complement the REF).

Academic Irregularities

The photo above made me start contemplating the intrusion of a repressive disciplinary culture into UK universities. Disciplinary action for tailgating? Whatever happened to having a quiet word with somebody? Just a few years ago, campus security was left in the capable hands of a few retirees from the services and the police. They knew academics and students by name, and exerted a calm authority refined through years of dealing with minor infractions. Now, a mere parking violation incurs a meeting with HR.

Many of us will be aware of new university policies on disciplinary procedures. If we have read them, we will be aware that the policies themselves are often not in the least repressive or out of kilter with professional expectations. It is when these policies intersect with over-zealous performance management procedures that things get troublesome – I have previously blogged about so-called under-performing professors 

So when I…

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