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Monday, March 17, 2014

Early April Fool's Day joke?

A new research area has been founded at the University of Newcastle.  That is surely good news for this university which is placed between 275 and 300th in the world??

Caroline McMillen and her top managers continue their slash and burn campaign on the Callaghan campus to fund "Caroline's legacy" of the city campus and to employ barristers and other legal professionals to destroy anyone who has a complaint against the University..  The academic study of Chinese disappeared, industrial design has almost been destroyed, the counselling service is under threat, treatment groups for stroke patients have been axed, and on and on.

So what is this new area:  WINE STUDIES

"Wine Studies is a new humanities and social science-based research area at University of Newcastle. Cross-faculty collaboration in this field, presently includes scholars from History, Social Science, Business and Tourism."

Julie Macintyre is the sole (?) academic involved.  "Julie's doctoral research began to identify the framework for a new Humanities and Social Sciences research field: wine studies. " (For more information about Julie's "invited presentations" to the "Hunter Valley Wine Industry Association" see her website).

5 comments:

  1. Is this because of John Germov's preoccupation with wine and food. If it is the University is completely out of control.

    Wine studies. That officially makes us look ignorant. To be honest maybe we should all take up drink if this is the best the University can come up with.

    The best symbol of Caroline's legacy would be a sculpture of a sheep in wolf's clothing being led by a wolf in sheep's clothing. This would be made sure if the sculptor makes it as costly and difficult to define as possible.

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  2. I think the wine is to go with John Germov's Slow Food.

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  3. I think this new move is irresponsible and serves to further lower the reputation of the University. That sort of unit would only function well if we had got the basic units functioning well and above expectation. We don't have that.

    The University once again has let itself be manipulated to serve a person's self interest.

    The industry specifications for wine production are region specific so other than teaching the facts of basic and secondary fermentation, the wine industry covers the rest. Only a stupid University would try and assume this as being academic. The graduate had best be staying in the Hunter because their skills will only be relevant here.

    What about a retail and manufacture faculty? We could train shop workers how to make hamburgers or operate checkouts. This is just as academic as a wine studies module.

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  4. http://theconversation.com/profiles/john-germov-14567/profile_bio


    "The sociology of wine"

    I think someone needs to stop this guy before he completely destroys the Universities last shred of credibility.

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  5. I take back my previous comment against John Germov and his wine studies. As a senior academic and his preoccupation or area of study is of no real offence. What truly matters is if the course is truly useful to other people. This is something only time will tell.

    Like most course development, there are times where the course will need redeveloping and refinement. This includes student feedback.

    I am sure John will back up the course as it grows and modifies in order to cater to the differing needs of students and industry. If he doesn't it will inevitably die on the vine so to speak. The sticking point is always patience and being able to accept correction.

    I personally don't think it is worthwhile but I stand corrected. I hope this new enterprise is as promising as it sounds and it delivers its promise as well.

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