Letter: Hoops, sticks and Treasury tricks (2)

May 18, 2001

The main objection to the transparency review is the difficulty, if not impossibility, of separating time spent on research from that spent on teaching. When I read a book or paper I am doing research and considering content for lectures. When I write a book or paper I am reporting research findings and producing teaching material. I suspect this is how many of us work. Indeed, I take the inseparability of research and teaching to be a defining characteristic of a university, distinguishing it from other kinds of educational institutions. I decline to fill in the forms because I cannot do so in a way consistent with my practice.

David M. Smith
Loughton, Essex

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