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We need to revolutionise academia - and here's how we can do it

It’s high time us academics took a step back from navel-gazing just for a second to really glance up and around us. At present, we can’t see the wood for the trees. We’re too busy chasing that next grant, boosting our citations and writing that next journal article to reflect on what we’ve become.

So what are we? Simply, we have become money-making machines for universities and journals. We are no longer here to teach students, to improve society or to make the world a better place. We have become commoditised by the exploitative incentive system within academia that only promotes you if you bring in cash. For some sickening, potentially neo-liberal reason, we have forgotten why we are all here in the first place. To create positive change.

We have been confused and misguided by the amorphous “Faculty” and lured into paying exorbitant fees to publish our work, despite practically every other professional writing careerist actually being paid to write. Somehow, we have forgotten that t…

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