Recruiting university staff takes a lot of academic time

15 April 2014

Jo Wolff

Hundreds of hours of academic staff time will be devoted to each appointment. Is it worth it? Or is it collective madness? Could we, instead, contract out at least part of the process to recruitment specialists, as in other areas of professional employment? One day I might propose this, just to see the howls of protest. It will correctly be argued that making the right appointments should be at the top of our priority list, and this is the only way we know of doing it, writes Professor Jonathan Wolff (UCL Philosophy) in The Guardian.