TEU’s women’s vice-president Cat Pausé says the Ministry of Education’s current review of PBRF needs to to be brave and put everything on the table for discussion.
“A review that looks to moderate or tinker with PBRF will not address the widespread disquiet that many academics have with the system,” says Cat Pausé .
“PBRF has too many flaws that have allowed universities to exploit their staff.”
Cat Pausé says the main argument in favour of PBRF has been its increase in research output from academics.
“We need to be aware however that the increase in research is coming at the expense of workload. To get high PBRF scores for their universities academics are being forced to choose between sacrificing their other tasks, such as teaching and contributing to their community, or adding more hours onto an already crowded workload. Using PBRF to squeeze further gains will come at the expense of broader university quality.”
The public, including academics, can have their say on the PBRF review at the Ministry of Education website. Submissions close on 4 October.