Tuesday, 28th June

1. Everyone gets one Harvard Business Review article a month for free, I think. Here’s Monitoring Employees Makes Them More Likely to Break Rules https://hbr.org/2022/06/monitoring-employees-makes-them-more-likely-to-break-rules

“We found that monitored employees were substantially more likely to take unapproved breaks, disregard instructions, damage workplace property, steal office equipment, and purposefully work at a slow pace, among other rule-breaking behaviours.”

Might this legitimately be extrapolated to schools and universities, I wonder?

2. There’s to be no more BA in English literature in its own right at Sheffield Hallam University: https://www.theguardian.com/education/2022/jun/27/sheffield-hallam-university-suspends-low-value-english-literature-degree

The last sentence, from the UK universities minister, is the real killer: “Courses that do not lead students on to work or further study fail both the students who pour their time and effort in, and the taxpayer, who picks up a substantial portion of the cost.”

3. Lots of echoes in this piece for me of my own first few months at school in Kent with a Yorkshire accent, The regional accentism that secretly affects job prospects https://www.bbc.com/worklife/article/20220505-the-regional-accentism-that-secretly-affects-job-prospects

If you’ve met me, you’ll have noticed I lost that Yorkshire accent – more or less immediately: too many fights!

4. And, finally, I mentioned Sonia Boyce’s show in the British Pavilion at this year’s Venice Biennale back at the end of April. Here’s her account of its creation https://youtu.be/H0GpHytfQWU

I wonder if she did a degree that was judged likely – intended, even – to lead on to work or further study?

Here’s the short tour of her show I shared first time round https://youtu.be/Aw_-36NXOV8

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