Bad behaviours

February 22, 2018

In the opinion article “Hell hath no fury…” (8 February), an anonymous academic describes the pain and anger that they feel after being wrongly suspended by a manager.

I can sympathise with that person’s predicament and can appreciate how bitter they must feel about how they have been treated. However, I have to say that my own experience of academia is one where more often than not academics are not held to account for their poor behaviour, whether that is poor supervision of PhD students, bullying support staff or selectively ignoring rules that are put in place to make sure that it is not just who you know that determines a person’s progress.

These are a minority, of course, and I don’t doubt that there is also a minority of trigger-happy senior managers, but there are definitely circumstances I know of where academic staff have been protected to the detriment of their students and others.


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