DVC proposal on a research excellence framework for La Trobe
The DVC(Research) has released a proposal called 'A research excellence framework for La Trobe' which is intended to set up a new Research College.
Membership of the Research College is intended to be automatic for those academic staff who are making a substantial contribution to the research effort of the university, defined as a quota of publications that are at world standard.
Members of the Research College will be given a standard 40% or more of their time to undertake research, while the majority of academic staff who fall outside of the College (estimated to be 55-65%) will be given a starting point of a 20% allocation of time to undertake something called ‘scholarship’, which will cause further intensification of teaching loads.
This approach to improving research productivity is likely to be divisive and counterproductive. We have been told that only academic staff on research committees and on Academic Board will be consulted about the proposal, when all academic staff need to be included in a conversation about research productivity.
Representatives of the Branch were called into a meeting with little notice and made to read the proposal during the meeting. We object to this pretence of consultation especially as it is clearly a matter involving significant organisational change.
We have produced a discussion paper and suggested questions for members to ask during any consultation meetings.
Please let the Branch know what you think about the proposal by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org and come to the next general meeting of the Branch where we will facilitate a discussion on the proposal. For union members who want a copy of the DVC's paper, please contact the Branch.
GENERAL MEETING OF THE BRANCH - PLEASE SAVE THE DATE
Thursday 14 April 2011 @ 12pm by videoconference
Bundoora - Agora Theatre
Bendigo - Bus 1-33
Albury Wodonga - AW 3116
Franklin St, City - 324