The Higher Education Megathread

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PostRe: The Higher Education Megathread
by Corazon de Leon » Wed Feb 19, 2020 12:44 pm

Indeed, we’re doing our best in a crappy set of circumstances.

With that said, I do get the frustration of people who are genuinely enthusiastic to learn and have paid a lot of money/given up a lot to do so, and who are having to sit through industrial action that is completely out with their control. I understand that Red has moved from a career in the publishing industry to pursue a passion, and that’s been disrupted on a lot of levels. It’s natural to be frustrated.

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PostRe: The Higher Education Megathread
by Red » Thu Feb 20, 2020 3:14 pm

Mini E wrote:One example of the way senior management are trying to "make peace" with academics on the ground that I've heard about this morning:

My former institution has voted for strike action (lectures are being covered by Associate Lecturers). To appease students, senior management have pushed back all deadlines by two weeks. Senior management have also decided not to move the University exam boards, meaning that an already tight deadline for lecturers to mark/moderate hundreds of thousands of words of work is now absolutely zero. Can you really not see why treatment like this (which happens constantly before the strike too) leads to lecturers reaching breaking point? Most people in my department are working 10-12 hour days five or six days per week, and are expected to work weekends too for applicant days/open days etc and all that happens is decisions are made from above to make things even more unpleasant.

As previously said, if your lecturers are gooseberry fool about this, they're probably gooseberry fool lecturers anyway. The majority in this industry are not.

Edit: A number of middle aged-older male academics in higher education will be tools. This is known amongst everyone else in the industry. Apologies on their behalf, the next generation is better.


I can see why 'treatment like this' is bad, of course. Welcome to the workplace in 2020, I guess. Despite what we might like to think, we don't have jobs that are can't be done by someone else so employers can always take advantage of that. I left my profession to find something better for similar reasons, so yes, I know how shitty these places can be. But students aren't the enemy, and yet they're the ones who suffer from all this. I don't think it ought to have happened this way when there are other ways to disrupt the university without directly screwing over the education of people who have paid a lot of money to try to make their situations better but are now caught in the middle of someone else's employment dispute.

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PostRe: The Higher Education Megathread
by Red » Thu Feb 20, 2020 3:22 pm

That doesn't mean I don't have sympathy with the reasons stated or with individual lecturers, techs, etc. But I am also pissed off to be put in this situation. And me being pissed off means absolutely nothing because the university has all my money and is not suffering a relative loss of reputation or status because a large number of other universities are also involved.

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PostRe: The Higher Education Megathread
by Red » Thu Feb 20, 2020 3:24 pm

And I also don't want to be condescended to about things like the gender pay gap by a male professor currently withholding the education I need to improve my situation in the workplace.

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PostRe: The Higher Education Megathread
by Karl_ » Mon Mar 16, 2020 3:04 pm

I passed my viva. :toot:

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PostRe: The Higher Education Megathread
by Clarkman » Mon Mar 16, 2020 3:05 pm

Karl_ wrote:I passed my viva. :toot:


Dr Karl! Congratulations dude! How are you celebrating?

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PostRe: The Higher Education Megathread
by Mini E » Mon Mar 16, 2020 3:11 pm

Karl_ wrote:I passed my viva. :toot:


Amazing news mate! Congratulations!!!! Genuinely so please for you - welcome to the club!

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PostRe: The Higher Education Megathread
by Karl_ » Mon Mar 16, 2020 3:19 pm

:wub: Feels good!

I'm really pleased. It went a lot better than I thought it was going to.

All I've got planned right now is a big night in hiding from the Coronavirus :slol: but when that all blows over I'll celebrate properly I'm sure!

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PostRe: The Higher Education Megathread
by jawa4 » Mon Mar 16, 2020 3:30 pm

Karl_ wrote:I passed my viva. :toot:

Congratulations, Karl!

I had to look up what it was ( :shifty: ), though; some form of spoken exam? Are you now a doctor, dude?

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PostRe: The Higher Education Megathread
by Karl_ » Mon Mar 16, 2020 3:48 pm

Yeah Jawa, that's right! To get a PhD you have to do research for a few years, then write a book about it, then a professor in the same field reads your book and grills you on it in a kind of extended interview. It was a pretty intense process but I'm really chuffed now!

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PostRe: The Higher Education Megathread
by Jenuall » Mon Mar 16, 2020 3:52 pm

Awesome, congrats Karl! :toot:

Still remember just how good it felt to pass mine, such a great moment!

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PostRe: The Higher Education Megathread
by Rightey » Mon Mar 16, 2020 4:02 pm

Karl_ wrote:I passed my viva. :toot:


Congratulations dude! :toot: :toot:

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PostRe: The Higher Education Megathread
by Corazon de Leon » Mon Mar 16, 2020 4:25 pm

Karl_ wrote::wub: Feels good!

I'm really pleased. It went a lot better than I thought it was going to.

All I've got planned right now is a big night in hiding from the Coronavirus :slol: but when that all blows over I'll celebrate properly I'm sure!


Incredible scenes! Did you pass it outright as well? Lucky bastard :P

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PostRe: The Higher Education Megathread
by Karl_ » Mon Mar 16, 2020 4:44 pm

Corazon de Leon wrote:Incredible scenes! Did you pass it outright as well? Lucky bastard :P

Oh no, I've not seen anyone get no corrections! :shock: I have minors of course, just a few bits and bobs to add or rephrase over the next couple months. It just has to be waved through by the internal though so it's a nice way to finish off really.

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PostRe: The Higher Education Megathread
by Jenuall » Mon Mar 16, 2020 4:45 pm

Minor corrections crew unite! o7

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PostRe: The Higher Education Megathread
by Corazon de Leon » Tue Mar 17, 2020 7:20 am

Minor corrections is where all the cool kids are at. :wub:

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PostRe: The Higher Education Megathread
by Red » Tue Mar 17, 2020 8:08 am

Congrats!

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