Morag started by talking about the costs of teaching and how “optional” elements will be always be pruned (not sure if she was on the "do more with less" agenda or suggesting judicious use of chaff when writing grant applications). She went on to describe the situation at Queen Mary, which tries to reward teaching as research. The indicators that are used to measure teaching "quality" are:
- National/International prize(s)
- Peer-reviewed funding
- National/International (how is "impact" measured?)
- Appointment as an external expert
The snag is, we're not talking about conducting research here. Getting grants, winning international prizes, that's about generating (spurious?) metrics that the ever-growing army of non-teaching, non-researching HE managers can use to "manage" "their" "staff" (what about colleagues - remember them?) That's why teaching is on the lowest rung of the HE tree. Higher "Education"?