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The Australian Educational Researcher

, Volume 17, Issue 2, pp 53–74 | Cite as

Academics and their work under dawkins: A study of five NSW universities

  • Grant Harman
  • Fiona Wood
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Abstract

This paper reports views of academic staff from five Australian institutions of higher education on a number of issues relating to teaching and research and changes affecting their work since the introduction of the unified national system. While most academics are satisfied with their jobs, staff morale is given a low rating. Academics cite a number of limitations experienced in carrying out their research and teaching. The academic work week is just under 50 hours, but there are clear differences between the established and newer universities in the apportioning of time to research and teaching related activities. This pattern is repeated in the publication record, grant success and perceived pressure to upgrade professional qualifications. The data suggest that the newer universities feel under pressure to emulate the structure and organisation of the traditional “elite” universities rather than seeking a legitimate niche for their particular type of operations within the unified national system. This means that for some years they will find considerable difficulty competing with traditional universities using the standard measures of research performance.

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Academic Staff Undergraduate Teaching Publication Record Senior Lecturer Staff Morale 
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  • Grant Harman
  • Fiona Wood

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