ERIC Number: EJ942438
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 72
Challenges for University Engagement in the UK: Towards a Public Academe?
Higher Education Quarterly, v65 n4 p386-410 Oct 2011
This paper considers the changing role of universities in the UK as they respond to an engagement agenda that stipulates a more immersive and visible interaction between academics and the public. It constitutes a survey of attitudes to public engagement in a selection of UK universities drawing on interviews with senior academics with managerial responsibility at the end of 2009. The results of this study reflect a mood of indecision and anxiety among respondents towards a public engagement agenda seen to influence the contours of their professional identities and working lives. The study situates academic accounts that contest the legitimacy of public engagement as a core academic activity and the role of academics in communicating with public groups. Moreover, it reveals a lack of agreement and consistency in the conceptualisation and application of public engagement in higher education contexts, certainly beyond an emergent discourse of research impact.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Role of Education, College Role, Politics of Education, College Administration, College Faculty, Teacher Leadership, School Community Relationship, Organizational Communication
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom