Monthly Archives: September 2015

Teaching Excellence Framework

Universities minister sets out plans to widen participation and drive up teaching quality through a Teaching Excellence Framework.

Link to speech is below…



Why Big Business Is Falling Out Of Love With The Annual Performance Review

Hi All,

Read the following articles on big business moving away from annual performance reviews:

So which companies are getting rid of annual performance reviews:
  • ​Accenture
  • Adobe
  • Deloitte
  • Gap
  • Microsoft (got rid of performance reviews nearly 2 years ago)
  • General Electric
So why are Accenture getting rid of performance reviews:
“To date nearly 10 percent of Fortune 500 companies have done away with annual ratings, according to Cliff Stevenson, a senior research analyst for the Institute for Corporate Productivity, a research network that studies management practices. Adobe and Medtronic were some of the earliest large companies to do so several years ago, followed by places like Microsoft and Gap. That number is likely to rapidly grow.”
“If you put this new generation in the box of the performance management we’ve used the last 30 years, you lose them,” said Accenture chief executive Pierre Nanterme. “People want to know on an ongoing basis, ​am I doing right? Am I moving in the right direction? Do you think I’m progressing? Nobody’s going to wait for an annual cycle to get that feedback.”
And an alternative simpler system being d​​eveloped by Deloitte:
“A recent performance-evaluation overhaul at Deloitte, the accounting firm,made the cover of the Harvard Business Review, when the firm replaced a laborious annual process—it included “consensus meetings,” where people got together and compared employees to one another—with the requirement that, after every project, managers respond to four straightforward statements. On a five-point scale, Deloitte managers write down how strongly they agree with two assertions: “Given what I know of this person’s performance, and if it were my money, I would award this person the highest possible compensation increase and bonus;” and “Given what I know of this person’s performance, I would always want him or her on my team.” And they answer yes or no to two more statements: “This person is at risk for low performance,” and “This person is ready for promotion today.” The answers are used not only to make decisions about who should be promoted or how much she should be paid, but to influence how the company helps promising employees advance and helps troubled ones get back on track. As some of the people involved in Deloitte’s ratings redesign put it: “In effect, we are asking our team leaders what they would do with each team member rather than what they think of that individual.”     

Andrew McGettigan

Andrew McGettigan is one of our quest speakers for the Beyond the Neoliberal University Event, here’s a biography from his website

I write and research as a freelancer on higher education.

I teach at CityLit and Central Saint Martins as an hourly paid lecturer. Mainly various bits of mathematics from a philosophical or cultural history viewpoint, with an emphasis on geometry and ideas. I am the co-founded of Fine Art Maths Centre at Central Saint Martins.

I am the author of the (unfortunately) prescient The Great University Gamble: money, markets and the future of higher education and more recently a pamphlet for Higher Education Policy Institute on accounting and budgeting for student loans.

I hold a doctorate from the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (now at Kingston University) and have taught and supervised at Middlesex University, University of Westminster and Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design. Information on my philosophy and arts research can be found here:

Dr Sarah Amsler

Dr Sarah Amsler is one of our confirmed speakers at our Beyond the Neoliberal University Event. Here’s a short biography

I am a sociologist, critical theorist and Reader in Education in the School of Education at the University of Lincoln. I am also a member of the Social Science Centre, an autonomous higher education cooperative (UK). I live in Lincoln with my husband Mahmood Delkhasteh, who is a writer, social analyst and activist working for democratic change in Iran, and our daughter Laylah, who does many things.

My work centres on the politics of knowledge, education, political economy and cultural practice. I use critical theory and research to understand how these shape the formation of individual and collective subjectivities, the consolidation of and resistance to political-economic and cultural domination, and the material and symbolic organisation of both everyday life and political possibility.

More information is available on her website