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Who pays the piper? Who calls the tune? Implications of policy for the future academic workforce

Beaton, Fran (2016) Who pays the piper? Who calls the tune? Implications of policy for the future academic workforce. In: Society for Research in Higher Education (SRHE) Annual Conference 2016, 7th - 9th December 2016, Newport, UK. (Unpublished) (KAR id:58004)


UK Higher Education has experienced major changes in recent decades, based on contested ideas about the purposes of Higher Education. Successive policies evidence a trend towards external control ’… steering at a distance.’ (Brennan, Locke, Naidoo 2007:164) and scrutiny of universities’ offer and performance in various forms: Key Information Sets, National Student Survey, QAA audit, REF, TEF. Increased fees have contributed to a problematic discourse of students as consumers. League tables chart universities’ positioning and prestige. However, employment has become less secure, with growing numbers on fixed-term or part-time contracts. All these impact on academics’ attitudes and experiences in a pressured and stratified workforce.

This paper draws on literature, national data and an institutional case study to consider the particular challenges for one group of would-be academics, Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs), and the implications for academic developers trying to prepare them for their current work and possible futures.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Paper)
Uncontrolled keywords: higher education policy; academic employment; Graduate Teaching Assistants
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Divisions > Directorate of Education > Centre for the Study of Higher Education
Depositing User: Fran Beaton
Date Deposited: 24 Oct 2016 10:33 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 13:38 UTC
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