“The biggest problem facing universities is that the management hate the academics and academics hate the management.”
This is what a professor told Andy Davies shortly before he took up his post as director of the London Universities Purchasing Consortium
Writing in the latest issue of SM
, Davies says UK universities will only be able to make the drastic cost cuts required of them if academics and management – in this case, buyers – work together.
He says professional conflicts have long since existed in all parts of the public service – police, social care, health, education and so on – yet he was still struck by the uncomfortable co-existence of the two when he joined.
What is your experience of this? Is the same true outside of the UK? What are your suggestions for synergistic co-existence?