Academics work (for love or money?) 2

In my previous posting I was so taken up with education minister Bill Rammell’s response news that academic and teaching graduates were being paid less than almost every other graduate profession that I did not notice one of the report’s authors, Dr Anna Vignoles, had proposal for changing things that is quite startling.

“Increasingly, we will have to look to private funding sources to improve pay. The introduction of tuition fees is one step to get more resources into the sector, and I think it is more desirable and inevitable that the cap on tuition fees will come off to deal with issues such as relative pay.”

“An academic should be paid relative to the pay opportunities they have. It is not a moral judgment, it is a response to the market. A humanities lecturer in the north-east, for example, should be on less than someone lecturing on business in London.”

A solution like that, however, will probably be as popular to academics as low pay and overtime

Not only would be as “as popular to academics as low pay and overtime” but it would start a different kind of “brain drain”. Surely, under her proposal, all the best business lecturers would head south to where the money is? Or have I missed something?

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