Swansea carry-on

August 21, 2014

What a carry-on at Swansea (“Upscaling dean claims his actions compensated for disgruntled staff”, News, 14 August). As Nigel Piercy, the dean of the management school, yells “Infamy! Infamy! They’ve all got it in for me!”, Swansea’s senior managers seem to be asleep at the wheel of the coach carrying, one assumes, a strangely uninformed university council.

With an external examiner questioning examining practice at the school, while the dean declares a unilateral declaration of independence in the face of the teaching and learning committee’s rulings, the threat to Swansea’s standing is, simply, immeasurable.

Alongside this, the good professor, being, it seems, quite oblivious to the lack of security attached to emails – even without the ubiquitous National Security Agency – goes on to suggest that a pro vice-chancellor may be an internet troll. Perhaps most serious (in terms of fallout for the school) is the claim that his colleagues deliberately marked students down to punish him for his management.

The example in the article of the move to raise a student’s mark from 2 to 31 per cent has to raise questions all on its own. Once upon a time, the changed mark would have moved the student from catastrophic failure to disastrous failure – so what has changed to make this anything other than a pyrrhic manoeuvre? That the school should then withdraw its recognition of the quality committee’s authority, would at any other time have sent the Quality Assurance Agency into orbit. Has the free market now become the free degree market?

Andrew Morgan
Brecon

Times Higher Education free 30-day trial

You've reached your article limit

Register to continue

Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 6 articles each month, plus:

  • Sign up for the editor's highlights
  • Receive World University Rankings news first
  • Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
  • Participate in reader discussions and post comments
Register

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments

Featured Jobs

Most Commented

United Nations peace keeper

Understanding the unwritten rules of graduate study is vital if you want to get the most from your PhD supervision, say Kevin O'Gorman and Robert MacIntosh

David Parkins Christmas illustration (22 December 2016)

A Dickensian tale, set in today’s university

Eleanor Shakespeare illustration (5 January 2017)

Fixing problems in the academic job market by reducing the number of PhDs would homogenise the sector, argues Tom Cutterham

poi, circus

Kate Riegle van West had to battle to bring her circus life and her academic life together

Houses of Parliament, Westminster, government

There really is no need for the Higher Education and Research Bill, says Anne Sheppard