“Appeal of 5 March” of CNU 22

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We are the University

We, members of the 22nd section of the National Council of Universities, created by ordinance at the Liberation to represent our peers, denounce 20 years of policies of cynical destruction of the public service of higher education and research.
From the top to the bottom of the university, sabotage has been systematic. The lack of means, the decrease in the number of posts, the precarious situation of personnel, the deterioration of teaching and research conditions, are the result of decades of sacking of the university, and have created the state of emergency that forces us to write this appeal.
The current abandonment of the University’s students while the preparatory classes remain open is only the latest mark of this deliberate bankruptcy and the organised contempt for the University at the top of the state.
The inability of Ministers Vidal and Blanquer to deal with the health crisis in education, which their inept and dangerous attacks have failed to conceal, brings them absolutely into disrepute. The mistrust of the academic world towards them is total and irreversible. Unworthy, they no longer have sufficient legitimacy to carry out their functions. They must resign.
Faced with this mess, we decide today to take back in hand our collective destiny.

In the name of academic freedom and university sovereignty :
– We demand that the National Council of Universities be put back at the centre of the individual and collective evaluation processes of university research, while respecting its independence.
– We call on all the sections of the CNU to meet in the Estates General of the University.
– We invite the general assembly of the directorates of laboratories and research units to join us.

It is collectively, tenured and precarious, that we will henceforth fight to re-found the University. And it is together that we will fight to re-establish a democratic public service of higher education, of quality and accessible to all.

Motion voted unanimously by the members of the 22nd section of the National Council of Universities

“Science without conscience is but the ruin of the soul” Rabelais in version 2018

Alison Antes asks the question: What are the decisions and behaviours that allow innovative, rigorous and ethical research to be conducted in our laboratories and institutions? And she notes that many people in managerial positions have limited knowledge about how to create healthy and dynamic working conditions (“healthy workplace”). I’m not sure that this can really be learned in managerial training. How to foster good team dynamics? How to be engaged on a daily basis, accessible and aware of the need to maintain a good working atmosphere?

I will not paraphrase here her paper or the 6 main tasks she suggests to all scientists in a position of responsibility. Acting to establish good working conditions and relationships must be at the very beginning of our to-do list at all times. The title of his article is already a major program. For my part, I will have it displayed before my eyes on the wall above my desk.

An article that is a must read for all those in a managerial positions in the field of science!

Antes, A., 2018. First law of leadership: be human first, scientist second. Nature, 563, 601. doi: 10.1038/d41586-018-07530-7

With my best wishes for 2019!

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