Many areas of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths) are hyper masculine and reward people for bad behaviour. Many of the environments we work in are, at present, hostile and unforgiving of difference.
I can share that there are islands of hope and people are making strides to fix things…
Bullying and harassment is hugely problematic in any place of work or learning. It causes actual and immediate harm, it creates trauma, and it sustains a culture where a limited few are allowed to survive, let alone thrive.
A cluster of discussions recently have highlighted how quantitative assessment in academia risks systematically creating toxic hyper competitive environments, undermining our credibility in making decisions, and fundamentally undervaluing individuals.
Let us take a couple of ideas to explore this theme — cheating & academic misconduct; and academic metrics.
Imperial College London has recently introduce an £80 application fee its MSc and MRes programmes, to little fan fair. Together with >1161 other members of the Imperial College community I have asked them to remove the fee. Why?
The (weak) case for a fee
The ‘legitimate’ case for an application fee would be to make people…