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McCulloch, Alistair; Guerin, Cally; Jayatilaka, Asangi; Calder, Paul; Ranasinghe, Damith – Higher Education Review, 2017
Given its importance to institutions, policy-makers and intending students, there is a surprising lack of research exploring the reasons students choose to undertake a research degree. What studies there are tend to be largely descriptive and the topic lacks a theoretically-informed framework through which student decisions can be examined and…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Decision Making, Self Determination, Doctoral Degrees
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Berger, Dan; Wild, Charles – Higher Education Review, 2017
Teaching standards within the UK's higher education sector are under unprecedented scrutiny not only in terms of perceived "highly variable" standards of teaching but also in relation to the clear attainment gap between black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) students and their white counterparts. Gentle taps at the door to the higher…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Questioning Techniques, Achievement Gap, Minority Group Students
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Wisker, Gina; Masika, Rachel – Higher Education Review, 2017
Higher education (HE) systems sustain and reproduce inequalities despite intentions to redress them. However, widening participation rooted in social justice practices increases participation in HE for marginalised under-represented groups through overt, shared and practised values in action and mobilization of HE interests and resources. Drawing…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Taxonomy, Social Justice, Higher Education
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Bourner, Tom; Rospigliosi, Asher; Heath, Linda – Higher Education Review, 2017
This is the concluding article of a series of four articles, which started by introducing the concept of the "fully-functioning university" in 2008. Subsequent articles have looked at the consequences of this concept for the higher education of students and the advancement of knowledge. This article is about the fully-functioning…
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Higher Education, Institutional Mission, Institutional Characteristics
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Morrison, Andrew – Higher Education Review, 2017
I argue for the continuing relevance of the Bourdieusian theoretical schema to research related to higher education. The paper discusses my use of Bourdieu in two research projects: an examination of the educational and occupational decision-making of final-year vocational A-level students; an analysis of the perceptions of final-year…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Research, Relevance (Education), Research Methodology
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Ruben, Brent D.; Gigliotti, Ralph A. – Higher Education Review, 2017
In what was characterized by many journalists and political pundits as the "age" or "year of the outsider" (Brooks, 2015; Fehrnstrom, 2015; Sexton, 2015) there was widespread interest in US presidential candidates with a diverse set of professional experiences and affiliations, including some with no experience in the political…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Institutional Characteristics, Leadership Qualities, Organizational Culture
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Friess, Wilhelm A. – Higher Education Review, 2017
The explanatory case study presented here analyzes the factors that have contributed to the failure of a start-up engineering program launched at an off-campus site, and aimed at imparting the first two years of the BSc Mechanical, Electrical, Computer and Civil Engineering utilizing an integrated curriculum. Findings indicate the root cause for…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Failure, Case Studies, Integrated Curriculum
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Stockwell, Roxanne; Naidoo, Rajani – Higher Education Review, 2017
Applying critical discourse analysis, this article investigates how the purposes of universities are represented in the popular press in England. Analysis was conducted on all articles between 2010 and 2015 discussing the purposes of universities in a representative sample of newspapers. The corpus was analysed in terms of text production,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Role of Education, Higher Education, Universities
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Bourner, Tom; Rospigliosi, Asher; Heath, Linda – Higher Education Review, 2016
The aim of this paper is to explore the implications of the concept of a "fully-functioning university" for its contribution to the advancement of knowledge. The paper therefore starts by reviewing that concept and the tripartite mission on which it is based. The main question that the paper seeks to answer is, "what kinds of…
Descriptors: Universities, Role of Education, Educational Practices, Educational Research
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McAlpine, Lynn; Amundsen, Cheryl – Higher Education Review, 2016
What are the motivations, needs and interests of academics entering mid-career? To answer this question, we drew on data from our longitudinal research program to examine the career trajectories of thirteen social scientists and scientists, five or more years post-PhD, in research-teaching positions. We used an identity framework to understand how…
Descriptors: Career Change, Teacher Motivation, Vocational Interests, Longitudinal Studies
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Bonneville, Luc – Higher Education Review, 2016
Over the last 50 years, numerous studies have shown pre-existing structural inequalities in different types of organisations, demonstrating amongst other things how women are often disadvantaged compared to men. Whether it is with respect to salary or promotions, many authors have shown that women experience more difficulty than men obtaining…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Women Faculty, College Faculty, Research Universities
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Macfarlane, Bruce – Higher Education Review, 2016
Collegiality is one of the most symbolically significant concepts of higher education and continues to be widely espoused as a core value by members of the academic profession. However, the highly competitive and performative nature of modern higher education means that the conventional values and behaviours associated with collegiality, such as…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Collegiality, Accountability, Competition
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Petrov, Georgy; Southall, Jane; Bolden, Richard – Higher Education Review, 2016
In the past decade successive UK governments have placed a strong emphasis on, and renewed interest in, the role of higher education in skills development. In the light of recent skills policy developments in England and drawing upon the findings of an empirical qualitative study of specific workforce development initiatives and previous research,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Employers, Labor Force Development
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Ring, Chris; De Motte, Claire – Higher Education Review, 2016
Developed countries differ greatly in their policy response to population ageing. In the United Kingdom, little attention is given to its positive features, and the potential of lifelong learning to enhance the wellbeing of older populations is largely disregarded. Universities have increasingly neglected them, while expanding provision for much…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Lifelong Learning, Aging (Individuals), Higher Education
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Berger, Dan; Wild, Charles – Higher Education Review, 2016
The UK government's Green Paper, "Fulfilling Our Potential: Teaching Excellence, Social Mobility and Student Choice", presents both significant challenges and opportunities for universities. Whilst the quantitative element of the proposed Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), underpinned by Big Data, offers the tantalizing opportunity to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Quality, Higher Education, Data Collection
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