Academic “inbreeding” is ignored discrimination: Opinion

October 29, 2020
Hiring practices in academia are often highly discriminatory, writes Bruce Macfarlane, and while academics tend to be vocal about discrimination, academic patronage or favouritism through personal relationships is often ignored. Macfarlane writes that the consequences of patronage are not understood. The author says that those who benefit from this “academic inbreeding” often follow a certain academic and career path, and that those who do not fit this pattern are often excluded. Macfarlane says that awareness of the problem needs to be raised and that institutions need to review how much this is occurring. Times Higher Education (International)