Simon Caulkin, the Management Editor of the Observer has written a scathing report on the RAE and its effects on UK Higher Education in today's paper. Interesting because, in contrast to the 'usual suspects' of critics in academia itself, he speaks from a business/management perspective and concludes:
Finally, the RAE is a potent symbol and vehicle for the bullying top-down managerial culture that has steadily eroded both the quality of working life and results in much of the public sector. This management style has given us Baby P and HM Revenue and Customs on the one hand, and General Motors and the financial collapse on the other. Universities should be part of the search for alternatives, not a reinforcement for today's bankrupt model.
The 9th Galway Symposium (June 10/11, 2011) was on student engagement and more details/recordings will be posted here in due course.
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