Research or (not and) teaching

Research performance policy is being debated at Uni Wollongong, with fears that it could concentrate funding

The campus branch of the National Tertiary Education Union questions management on performance metrics that could direct funds to “research-only” centres at the expense of staff on the traditional 40:40:20 research, teaching, service, model.

“At the heart of the policy seems to be the intention to create more teaching-intensive positions through an assessment of staff as not performing at the standards outlined in this policy,” the NTEU warns.

A divide between research specialists and other academics could be an issue in new enterprise bargaining at universities across the country – it already is at Uni Sydney (CMM, August 10, November 15).