Sebald and Academia

Sensing my interest in an academic career, [Sebald] predicted further continuing deterioration of academic culture in UK higher education as a result of increased bureaucracy, the imposition of profit-driven, short-term policies that aimed to turn universities into business operations, the introduction of benchmarks, the redefinition of students as customers, time-consuming quality assurance mechanisms and superfluous staff development training.

Uwe Schütte, a student of Sebald’s, has an interesting piece in the THES about his academic life. The above comment reveals a sobering prescience. Sebald’s attitude towards email, however, is rather less commendable.

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