Lecturers confess to stress

4th November 1994 at 00:00
One in four lecturers have taken time off for stress-related illnesses and more than half of those working in further education say they are dissatisfied with their job, according to a survey commissioned by NATFHE, the lecturers' union.

The survey conducted by the National Foundation for Educational Research found that most of the 435 lecturers who responded said they were experiencing unacceptable stress at work and were working, in the case of university lecturers, an average 48 hours a week.

More than three-quarters of lecturers said their workload had increased since their college or university had been removed from local authority control to become independent. Student numbers had risen, there was more assessment and more administration.

Two out of five respondents said they did not see themselves remaining in their job beyond five years. Two-thirds said the new style of management in colleges created stress; workload and worries about job security were also cited.

A senior FE lecturer said: "We have a management system based on fear. There are no motivators only demotivators. There is a complete lack of acceptance of lecturers as professional people - in some instances it bears close similarities with an open prison."

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