Apparently, things are not going well at Roskilde University. Two heads of departments quit their jobs (in Denmark, heads are hired by the deans) last month in frustration over economic limitations. This came after the central management announced that the university would come out of 2007 with a deficit for the fifth year running and this week, things seem to have gotten even worse as somewhere between 20 and 30 redundancies have been sort-of-announced.
There has been no mention as yet about which groups (academic or technical staff) or disciplines the redundancies would hit but right now we have a fascinating public brawl between students and academic staff on the one side and the university’s central management on the other.
I’m sure that lots of things could be said about this – the collision between New Public Management reforms pushed by the government on the one hand and academic traditions on the other is one perspective, the problems of managing a big and diverse organisation undergoing substantial change another.