The academic landscape after autonomy?

Brian Martin has this to say about the sociology of the academia in Australia after funding to universities was drastically reduced in Australia back in the 70s.

…Some positions become vacant through retirements and resignations. Many of these are not filled. But some positions are filled, and even some new ones created. The competition for these positions is now incredibly intense. Indeed, a sizable fraction of tenured academics would be very lucky to obtain their own positions should they be openly advertised. There are some tutors for example, struggling one year at a time to keep their positions, whose teaching load and research productivity shames tenured academics on twice the salary. Universities have never been meritocracies, but the squeeze has made the resemblance even more remote…

Social science research didn’t mean anything to me until I discovered Martin‘s writings. đŸ™‚ It’s also good to know that he came from a science background (physics)!


About Tsung Fei

A teacher, researcher in the bioinformatics division at the University of Malaya
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