The people who run our university have for a very long time resided in their own specially designed gated community. Amidst the manicured lawns of Werrington North, they occupy their days designing the perfect Master-Planned (or perhaps mistress-planned) University . Consultants will be hired, great buildings will be built, state-of-the-art CCTV camera systems will be installed, IT systems will be up and running so that the learning can be well blended to a smooth digestible paste. A small army of managers has been conscripted to enact the vision. Beneath the VC we have two Deputy VCs, an assortment of Pro VCs, assistant Pro VCs as well as Deans, Sub Deans, Associate Deans, Executive Officers, and so on. This motley crew of bean counters draw very large salaries and their brief is clear: squeeze the academics, make them work harder, make them fear for their jobs. And as for students, well they will have to get used to the home-brand degrees: no choice  just plain generic educational porridge .

For a long time, these people have had free rein. Few voices were raised against them. All of this is about to change.

Watch this space from Monday and all this week.

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