LRB · Stefan Collini · Browne’s Gamble

The devoted university teachers of a generation or more ago who were widely read and kept up with recent scholarship, but who were not themselves prolific publishers, have in many cases been hounded into early retirement, to be replaced (if replaced at all) by younger colleagues who see research publications as the route to promotion and esteem, and who try to limit their commitment to undergraduate teaching as far as they can.

Oh, hello RAE/REF/Whateverthefrakyouarenow, we’re looking at you.

Speaking as a younger academic I don’t ‘see’ research publications as a route to promotion and esteem – I’m consistently told that they’re the way I’m going to get a job.


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