I'm conducting a survey to see why people have left or are planning to leave academia, specifically psychology. If you could complete this really short questionnaire I'd be very grateful and if you could link it to other people you know who have left I'd be even more so. Thanks for your help.
My background is in science. My reasons for leaving academia behind are too long to put in one posts but here are some:-
1) Not interested in pissing away 5 to 10 years desperately trying to get a job I could already do today.
2) I am interested in research and therefore have no interest in a permanent academic post which would essentially be an administration job.
3) Between grade inflation for students, deliberately submitting articles to paywall journals in pursuit of impact factors (causing the funding tax payer to pay twice for the same research), research funding preferentially directed to big name groups and a huge percentage of research being fabricated, academia is totally and utterly corrupt from the ground up. I have absolutely no wish to spend my life in that environment and I certainly don't want to be part of enabling this current state of affairs.
4) Academia is reductivist in nature which means it is hard to get funded for a cross-disciplinary project unless you hire people to do the bits you can't do. I have no interest in this sort of environment because it means I can usually only ever work on stuff I can already demonstrate competence in.
5) Relatively few groups are attempting to solve real world problems with even the remotest pretence of practical applicability.
6) Bullying and other abuse of postdocs and phd students by supervisors.
7) Deliberate "sexing up" of research potential in order to get funding. I have no interest in competing in that sort of market.
8) Male, pale and stale staffing. No diversity. Who would possibly want to waste their career in that stultifying atmosphere?
9) Office politics. Just say no.
10) Lecturers hired not on their ability to teach but on their ability to bring in funding.
11) Absolutely no meaningful oversight for teaching standards or research standards.
12) New students left to fathom out lab safety on their own or via postdocs and other PhD students. I wonder how many deaths we need before proper professional lab training is provided.
Those are just a handful of the problems which leap to mind.
Academia is in an appalling state and needs urgently dragged into the 21st century. I am so angry about this I am tempted to start lobbying politicians about it to publicise what goes on.
It's interesting about the bullying and abuse by supervisors. It puts me off considering staying in academia.
I've had some human rights training and I will be looking to get more of this, it also relates to some degree in my research area.
Supervisors who bully are they more likely to respect those (PhD students etc) that have had human rights training? and the supervisor is aware they have had this training.
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