Posted by: Alexandre Borovik | September 10, 2010

Managerialism going forward

He cited figures which showed that the number of senior university administrators had risen by 6 per cent in 2009, to 14,250 – while the number of professors fell by 4 per cent to 15,539.

David Willetts, quoted in today’s The Independent.

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  1. Clearly, those declining numbers of Professors did not happen by themselves. Their numbers had to be *managed* downwards, through such sophisticated means as forced redundancies, deliberate demoralization, invention of ever-increasing amounts of pointless bureaucracy, placing time-wasting form-filling the way of teaching and research, etc. All these sophisticated manageral efforts, in turn, required more administrators to undertake them. That is why the numbers of administrators needed to rise, in order to ensure that the numbers of Professors would fall!


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