Reader comment of the day

For what it\’s worth, I thought that the general moral standards I encountered in industry rather higher than those I encountered in the universities.

A retired academic from one of the world\’s great universities.

8 thoughts on “Reader comment of the day”

  1. I wonder why no one has ever pointed out that although every comment regarding tuition fees talks about teaching and education in academia this is seen as a second or third class activity in most universities.

  2. John

    Could this be tied to a remuneration structure that prioritises academics publishing their research? You get what you measure. If you measure publications rather than education, the academics will publish rather than educate.

    As Tim would doubtless say, it’s about incentives.

  3. Semi-retired, if you please. I’m still commercialising some software and developing a nifty instrument. A chap needs hobbies.

  4. I would second the comment although I escaped from academia within 5 years of my doctorate. By moral, I assume the author means conduct towards colleagues, honesty, transparency and so on. The fact that the average research lab is a den of sexual intrigue is surely nothing to object to?

  5. Henry Kissinger: “Academic disputes are so vicious precisely because the stakes are so small.”

  6. diogenes
    Yes that is part of it. No one really measures education so it does not matter, what does matter is simply the number of papers published, never mind their relevance.

    The money will go on supporting publishing via academics who publish and the poor teaching fellow will be left to make the best of a bad deal.

    Strange how no one seems to notice this.

  7. Judging from the tone and calibre of many of his previous comments on various blogs, I’m inclined to agree.

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