Its still pretty common to see and hear ill informed utterances on university salaries and conditions. Academics are featherbedded we hear, with vast salaries and rakes of holidays. They do very little and its a dream job.
Recently TCD Business School has been recruiting. We have made some offers to excellent people and the process is ongoing. Yet, in looking at the applications, I noticed something missing. Where were the applications for academic posts from the bitter ones who carp from afar, the shockjocks who harrumph, the journalists who perpetuate mistruths? Surely it can’t be that they would pass up the opportunity to take a seat at this ambrosial banquet? I mean, if its so good they’d apply, right?