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Generational Encounters with Higher EducationThe Academic-Student Relationship and the University Experience$
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Jennie Bristow, Sarah Cant, and Anwesa Chatterjee

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781529209778

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529209778.001.0001

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The Changing Role of the Academic

The Changing Role of the Academic

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Generational Encounters with Higher Education

Jennie Bristow

Sarah Cant

Anwesa Chatterjee

Policy Press

This chapter examines the curious disappearance of the academic voice, and its implications for those teaching in Higher Education institutions. Current policy on Higher Education constructs academics as providers of a service to the student consume via mechanisms which explicitly incorporate metrics of student satisfaction and experience into the governance of academic practice. The chapter explores how the threat of the litigious student consumer in a competitive market is wielded to discipline the academic. While the imposition of market forces and new forms of governance on academic practice represents an important constraint, the process examined in this chapter is more complex: academics internalise the demands of the new Higher Education, and the sentiment that students’ expectations and experiences pose a threat to their academic practice. Moreover, the split between teaching and research is leading to an increasingly instrumental approach to both. Finally, the chapter discusses how the notion of Higher Education as an extension of schooling has gained traction among the academic community, and where this logic is resisted.

Keywords:   REF, TEF, NSS, Office for Students, Schoolification, scholarship, teaching, research, autonomy, professional identity

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