There has been much media attention devoted to an apparent rise in the number of students killing themselves in recent years and months . This concern was compounded further by reports of a lecturer who committed suicide back in February citing a heavy workload . Times Higher Education reported the tragic news as a “wake up call on overworking in academia” . It appeared that he had been expected to mark 418 examination scripts in 20 days. Sadly, this level of burden is not unusual in my experience and it often comes on top of other duties and expectations. There is now terrible disjunction between what management wants or expects and the reality in many organisations. It is indeed time to reflect.
Unfortunately, this was not the first time for this to happen at the same place.
Are Universities unusual?
What is going wrong in our Universities?
They all must be given equal chance to succeed in the best years of their lives taught by sufficient numbers of experienced staff doing the best job in the world.