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Bureaucracy in universities ‘needs to be cut back’

Australia’s universities are becoming “increasingly bureaucratic” with authority and responsibility for decisions being transferred away from academics to managerial staff, according to a University of Wollongong academic.

In a recent paper published in Knowledge Culture, historian Gregory Melleuish says this had led to “a bureaucratisation of the university mind”, favouring knowledge and research that is out of touch with “the wider world” and lacking creativity.

He’s not alone in making this call. Over the past five years there’s been a steady stream of complaints from Australian academics about the rising costs of university administration.

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