I thought I would reblog this as there are some interesting links to comments about what is happening at Queen Mary, University of London. I think this is atrocious behaviour by the management at QMUL, but I have heard that it is also happening elsewhere and I wouldn’t be surprised if other universities don’t start doing the same, either before REF2014 or after (when their scores aren’t quite as good as they’d hoped).
UK Academia is Dying from Over-Management: The Queen Mary Scandal by Jeremy Garwood is a good summary of events with key references.
UK university culture: Academic Values No Longer Add Up by Jeremy Garwood is an analysis of the damaging application of crude metrics to Queen Mary academics (requires PDF reader).
Metrics critic’s marching orders: Queen Mary makes Fanis Missirlis, persistent thorn in management’s side, redundant by Paul Jump exposes the unfair treatment of one vocal lecturer and active UCU member.
Redundancies at Queen Mary, University of London by Rachel Ashworth is a call to defend the subject of Physiology, a victim of the proposed restructuring.
Is Queen Mary University of London trying to commit scientific suicide? by David Colquhoun is a defence of core academic values against the absurdity of crude metric applications, which lead to bad science.
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