NEW ZEALAND: Canterbury sets research standards

Slack academics will be in the spotlight under research standards being developed at Canterbury University in New Zealand, reports Rebecca Todd for The Press. Vice-chancellor Rod Carr said the university aimed to set minimum research output levels for academics. Those not performing could not reasonably expect to continue their work at the university.

"Academic staff who consistently fail to produce a minimum of, say, four pieces of quality assured research outputs in a three-year period cannot be assured of continuing support of the university," Carr said in a report to the university council last week.

Canterbury University is heading into the third round of performance-based research funding, which rates the country's academic staff according to their research output. The higher its ratings, the more money each university receives.
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