The Inaugural and Annual UnUniversity Awards, 2016
Reblogging this to celebrate Cardinal Newman’s birth on this day in 1801.
Nothing fills up the comments section of social media sites faster than academics complaining about all the petty tyranny, philistinism, exploitation and ugly gobbledegook besmirching various higher education establishments around the world.
Now it did occur to me that one last attempt might be made to encourage the upper reaches of those university administrations to recall some of the first principles of intellectual freedom and a collegial ideal. But merely entertaining such a delusionary suggestion caused me to laugh so long and so hard that I required a slap.
So then I had another idea. Universities that live by league tables and crassly quantifiable metrics should be named and shamed in a very public way. Which is when it occured to me that we need a glitzy high profile awards ceremony that can recognise and attribute worst practice in the showiest most vulgar manner imaginable.
In my mind’s eye…
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