Absent research: academic artisans in the research university

Brew, A., Boud, D., Crawford, K. and Lucas, L. (2015) Absent research: academic artisans in the research university. In: Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE) annual conference, 9 - 11 December 2015, Newport, South Wales.

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This presentation builds on research investigating the experiences of academics who are working in research intensive areas in different types of universities in England and Australia. In particular the research has explored how academics negotiate the complex balancing of teaching and research. This presentation emerges from the observation that if we are to understand how academics are formed, we need knowledge about why, when there is a high level of research activity and substantial levels of support for research, significant numbers of qualified and capable academics do not engage in research, do not conform to the expected levels of research outputs and do not respond to injunctions to do so. In this paper the authors argue that many of these academics are the university artisans, working conscientiously to ensure smooth functioning of both teaching and research activities. Indeed our data suggest that without such academics, universities would be unable to function effectively.

Keywords:Academics, academic practice, Academic perspectives, Academic work, Higher Education, Higher Education Research
Subjects:X Education > X342 Academic studies in Higher Education
X Education > X300 Academic studies in Education
Divisions:Professional services > Lincoln Higher Education Research Institute
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Deposited On:15 Dec 2016 20:52

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