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Universities are broke. So let’s cut the pointless admin and get back to teaching
André Spicer
The meaningless tasks and faux-business strategies prioritised by British universities have skewed their real role

• André Spicer is an author and a professor of organisational behaviour

Why don’t we instead stop having professors of organisational behaviour?

21 thoughts on “This is most fun”

  1. By his conclusions, I would have thought you would have been in favour of professors of organisational behaviour.
    But isn’t it just simple economics? (As opposed to macroeconomics, which is a branch of astrology) Incentives matter. And if you got to the root of this, that’s what you’d find wouldn’t you? That what’s come about has been because people were incentivised to cause it to come about.
    Or you could just say it was simple common sense. But no university is going to prosper offering degree courses in that. In the unlikely event they find someone to teach it.

  2. Don’t cut the admin too far, though. Those pronoun-misusing professors won’t persecute and sack themselves, you know.

  3. O/T but establishment connected & no doubt rather sick.
    Got a Whatsap last night from a pal, directing me to the breaking news Salman Rushdie attempted murder.
    An early response: “Literary criticism? Harsh but fair”

  4. This the great chicken and egg problem of tertiary education.

    If the students are forced to pay for this education ( albeit with loans ) then they will start demanding value for money. Now, I enjoyed my time as a student in the 1980s and I think I took a lot from my studies. However the conditions were Dickensian, but I didn’t complain because I wasn’t paying for it and felt lucky to be there.

    When I paid in cash to do my Masters, I told them that the course was crap and that I had been missold it. It was only because I couldn’t be arsed and that I did it for vanity, that I didn’t try to get my money back.

    Universities now have to be run as busineeses because their students are customers and they have to sell themselves and their product.

  5. Why don’t we instead stop having professors of organisational behaviour?

    It’s a growth industry – nudge units are made up of these people and the “pandemic” allowed them to flourish. You might as well try to get rid of the modellers and their rubbish assumptions about the real world. Not that I wouldn’t wish you every success.

    BiS – I bought a copy of The Satanic Verses at WHS at Waterloo Station when the book had just come out and the brouhaha was picking up a bit of steam (it was withdrawn from sale the following week). I found it very hard going and I’m sure that dozens more copies were burnt for every copy that was read.

    The most offensive element was, it seemed to me, about an inconsiderate Ayatollah living in exile in Paris and lo and behold it was the self-same Ayatollah, later ensconced in Tehran after the fall of the Shah who pronounced the fatwa.

  6. Anon – I’m sorry, but I nearly inhaled my coffee at this:

    The Conservative MP Neil O’Brien asked: “Why should hard-working taxpayers in my constituency have to pay for an academic to write about his experiences masturbating to Japanese porn?”

    Come back, Chris Morris.

  7. @Sam Vara
    Don’t cut the admin too far, though. Those pronoun-misusing professors won’t persecute and sack themselves, you know.

    I can’t see any university admin bureaucrats sacking pronoun misusers. They are in the van of the wokerati pandemic.

  8. Regrettably, my knowledge of Rushdie’s works seem to be more extensive than TSW, TMB. I say seem, because I distinct memories of trying to read them but no recollection of which ones they were or the contents. Just that it was not a pleasant experience.
    I am reminded that the period of establishment concern & disapproval of Rushdie’s travails is coincidental to establishment indifference to what would later result in the “Asian Grooming Gang” scandal.

  9. @Anon “Shota” is a thing, and like “Loli” ….. I can see why….

    At least the japanese have created a proper lightning rod for some of the frustrations of japanese life.
    (especially if you delve deeper into manga…. So Totally Different From Us… Utterly alien at some points.. Man is not meant to behave like an ant..)

    This research is actually igNobel worthy, and I wonder why people haven’t picked up on it much sooner….

  10. This attacker wasn’t alive when The Satanic Verses was published. Isn’t this a reason to extirpate the religion? If your religion doesn’t let you live in harmony with others then it should be wiped out

  11. Masturbating?

    Sex therapist defending ‘minor attracted persons’
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=–XgqGoDAbA

    @Ottokring
    In the 1980s and I think I took a lot from my studies. However the conditions were Dickensian

    Not my experience 82 – 88 (Sandwich Degree]. Conditions better than adequate and often there 8am – 9pm M-F and 9am – 5pm S&S

    Did you want fluffy cushions, toys and safe spaces?

    Universities now have to be run as busineeses because their students are customers and they have to sell themselves and their product

    But they aren’t, other than Buckingham, and treat students as toddlers/slaves, behave as an adult, complain and kicked out

    I and many of my cohort would have been ‘cancelled’ today for what we told lecturers to do and not do

  12. I was at uni 87-90, had a study room about 6ft x 12ft, bare walls, no shelves for books, desk, drafty steel-frames window, shared kitchen, toilet and showers – and thought it luxury! No siblings wandering around, my own door! that I could lock!

    The only thing that pissed me off was the no shelves bit. I seriously considered getting a power drill and some steel self-fit shelving.

    Here’s exactly the room I had.

  13. I reckon jgh nicked that chair out of the common room.

    At least you had a view, mate. I just overlooked the multi storey car park.

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