Identity Crisis

Working in Higher Education in the 21st Century

March 2011
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  • Publisher
    Trentham Books
  • Published
    25th March 2011
  • ISBN 9781858564678
  • Language English
  • Pages 180 pp.
  • Size 6.875" x 9.5"

Workers in higher education live in a world seemingly directed by league tables, targets, widening participation, competition at regional, national and international levels, student loans, variable fees, technology renewal and an ever increasing staff-student ratio. The demands on managers, administrators and academics are diverse and complex.

This book offers a counter to these external pressures, providing readers with an understanding of the context in which academic work is undertaken and practical guidance for those trying to make sense of their place in the HE world.

The first half of the book examines the changing landscape of higher education in the UK, where successive policy developments in education over the last 20 years have radically transformed the context in which university education is designed and organized. The second half identifies what is expected of an academic in this rapidly changing environment and offers practical suggestions for teaching, assessing and evaluating in an era of widening participation.

Although Identity Crisis focuses on the responsibilities of the 21st century academic, it will be of much interest to service providers and administrators in HE, and also to teachers. It aims to reinvigorate the practice of established employees as well as to enthuse staff who are new to HE.

"[For those] who want to know how to prepare lectures and deliver them effectively, making learning from group work more meaningful, develop confidence in assessing students or kick-start a research career ...and for managers coming in from outside this sector."

Professor Janet Beer, Vice Chancellor - , Oxford Brookes University

Part One - The Context: Higher education in the 21st century
1. Higher Education in the UK
2. The 'new' university
3. The new students

Part Two - Working in higher education in the 21st century
4. The basic academic role
5. Working with students
6. Enhancing quality

Conclusion: Next steps

Liz Marr

Liz Marr is Director of the Centre for Widening Participation at the Open University.

Rachel Forsyth

Rachel Forsyth is Principal Lecturer in Curriculum Development and Innovation in the Centre for Learning and Teaching at Manchester Metropolitan University.