September 20, 2004
University unrest

There's trouble a't' uni':

The row over performance related pay between Nottingham University and its lecturers reached a new deadlock today as the Association of University Teachers fulfilled its promise to stage an academic boycott of the university.

Later they quote AUT assistant general secretary, Matt Waddup, and my guess would be that the key paragraph in this story is this one:

"We believe that the university is placing its international reputation in serious danger," he added.

Universities in Britain are morphing from (exaggerating only somewhat) places where locals tread water to places where foreigners race through the water and do not want to be interrupted. They are going global, and doing global business. Thus, I classify this story under "globalisation" as well as just "higher education".

Result: a world in which universities demand actual performance, as opposed to mere charming eccentricity, but also one in which unions have a whole new kind of economic success to threaten and to want in on. Guess: there'll be more of this kind of thing.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait at 09:37 PM
Category: GlobalisationHigher education