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ERIC Number: ED537989
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 121
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 81
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Regenerating the Academic Workforce: The Careers, Intentions and Motivations of Higher Degree Research Students in Australia. Findings of the National Research Student Survey (NRSS)
Edwards, Daniel; Bexley, Emmaline; Richardson, Sarah
Centre for the Study of Higher Education
This report is the culmination of a project carried out for the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) in collaboration with the Centre for the Study of Higher Education (CSHE). The main findings of this report are based on the outcomes from the National Research Student Survey (NRSS) conducted in June 2010 across 38 of the 39 universities in Australia. In total 11,710 Higher Degree by Research students (those enrolled in PhD and masters by research degrees, also referred to simply as "research students" in this report) responded to the NRSS, providing a 25.5 per cent response rate across the country. These response numbers represent the largest collection of survey responses from research students ever undertaken in Australia. The report primarily explores the career intentions and motivations of these students. It provides particular emphasis on the interests of Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students (referred to in this report as "research students") in following an academic career on completion of their degree and the support they have received in terms of preparation for university teaching during their candidature. In the context of growing student enrolments and the large numbers of predicted retirements associated with an ageing academic workforce there is a need to examine the career intentions of research students. This report explores the extent to which the current cohort of research students may be a source of replenishment for the academic profession in the context of an ageing academic workforce. The findings of this report raise a number of crucial issues relating to the research degree in Australian universities, the career aspirations of research students and potential issues for the future of the academic workforce over the coming decade. Key findings are presented. Appended are: (1) Method; (2) Participating Universities; (3) Project Technical Working Group Members; (4) NRSS Sample Characteristics; (5) Summarised findings of the Institution Survey; (6) NRSS Instrument; and (7) The National Research Students Survey and the CSHE 2010 survey of academic staff. (Contains 62 figures, 19 tables, and 6 footnotes.)
Centre for the Study of Higher Education. Level 1, 715 Swanston Street, University of Melbourne, Victoria 3010, Australia. Tel: +61-3-8344-4605; Fax: +61-3-8344-7576; Web site: http://www.cshe.unimelb.edu.au
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
Authoring Institution: Melbourne Univ. (Australia). Centre for the Study of Higher Education.
Identifiers - Location: Australia