Transforming Academic Practice: Human Resource Challenges
This chapter argues that there are particular characteristics of academic work and institutional culture in UASs across Europe. Divided into three sections, the first two sections describe (1) academic employment conditions across selected UASs and (2) the teaching and research environment. Finally, (3) discusses the tensions and challenges that arise as UASs attempt to develop a research culture. The chapter draws variously on a subset of country experiences and explores the extent to which these developments transcend institutions and countries and should be considered part of a wider sectoral experience. Finally, because UASs – despite differences in origin and mission – are competing with universities for research funding and prestige, comparisons, where appropriate, between sectors will help contextualise the UAS experience.
KeywordsAcademic Staff Academic Work Institutional Culture Staff Development Research Culture
Special thanks are due to colleagues from contributing countries for all their help assembling the comparative information, and to Brian O’Neill and Kevin Lalor for their helpful comments and suggestions during the course of writing this chapter. All errors remain ours.
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