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ERIC Number: EJ1261368
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2020
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1360-3108
What Are the Barriers and Opportunities for Continuing Professional Development for Professional Services Staff in UK HE?
Holmes, Alex
Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education, v24 n3 p79-86 2020
UK higher education has seen a shift towards greater businesslike operations and accountability, with increasingly specialised support roles and fewer 'generalist' administrators; however, professional training, structured career development and planning, and opportunities for continuing professional development (CPD) have been less well prioritised than similar activities in the academic and research staff groups, and little research currently exists to consider how professional services staff undertake and engage with professional development activities. A quantitative study of professional services staff was conducted in a large Russell Group university, where a significant number of professional services staff reported inequity of treatment compared to their academic colleagues. This paper examines the relationship between effective development review and institutional support for training and engagement with CPD activities by non-academic administrators, and aims to provide practical recommendations for improvements to practice.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Adult Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom
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