The United Kingdom: Academic Retreat or Professional Renewal?

  • William Locke
  • Alice Bennion
Part of the The Changing Academy – The Changing Academic Profession in International Comparative Perspective book series (CHAC, volume 2)


In this chapter, we report a range of findings from the UK CAP survey that are relevant to the governance and management of HEIs and seek to interpret them within the context of UK higher education, the drivers that are influencing institutions and the changes occurring within the academic profession itself. We find that academics’ views on the governance and management of their institutions are differentiated by institution type in particular, but also by age, length of time in the profession, and gender. These distinctions bring into question the dominant discourse of change in the academy as one of loss, alienation, and retreat. Our analysis suggests that a more nuanced and differentiated approach is required if institutions and academics themselves are to achieve and sustain professional renewal. In particular, institutions seeking to differentiate themselves in the market will need to develop forms of governance and management that suit their particular mission and circumstances, rather than comply with government diktats.


High Education Institution Institutional Type Academic Profession Personal Influence Senior Management Team 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Higher Education Research and Information (CHERI)LondonUK

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