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ERIC Number: EJ1389660
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2022
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0818-8068
Zoomed -- A Personal Reflection on the Long, Slow Destruction of Australia's University System
Johnson, Louise
Australian Universities' Review, v64 n2 p33-39 2022
After 40 years as a hardworking and productive academic, here I was on a Zoom call fronting two senior colleagues telling me I no longer appeared on the new 'organisational chart'. In short, I was being made redundant. It was no surprise really, as another 40,000 professional and academic staff were to suffer the same fate. And really by then I was over what university life had become: stressed, thankless, driven by meaningless metrics and bereft of social values. But how did we get to this and was COVID-19 but a ruse, a smokescreen for an acceleration of the processes of politicisation, corporatisation, marketisation and casualisation which had brought my beloved system to its knees. Here then is a personal/political reflection on what has occurred in Australian universities over the last few decades -- their long slow agonising destruction.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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