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A Delicate Balance: Optimising Individual Aspirations and Institutional Missions in Higher Education.
  • Publication Type:
    Report
  • Authors:
    Whitchurch CM, Locke W, Marini G
  • publication date:
    02/2019
  • Place of publication:
    London
  • Report number:
    Project 3.2
  • Series name:
    CGHE Working Paper
  • Commisioning body:
    CGHE
Abstract
This working paper offers an analysis of the interviews undertaken as the first stage of CGHE Project 3.2, with senior managers and academic staff, in eight universities. It explores the approaches taken by both groups in addressing institutional and individual aspirations, the relationships between individuals and their institutions, and ways in which both are likely to be realised in practice via local managers such as heads of department and programme or project leaders. Three approaches to roles and careers are identified, described as Mainstream, Portfolio and Niche, demonstrating how these may be adopted by individuals at different times and in different circumstances. An overview is then taken of the delicate balance that exists between institutional policy, its local interpretation and day-to-day practice, as well as ways in which bottom up initiatives may in turn influence policy making.
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