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Otherness and Belonging: Integration of Practitioner-Academics into an Engineering School at a Research Intensive Institution

Nyamapfene, A; (2017) Otherness and Belonging: Integration of Practitioner-Academics into an Engineering School at a Research Intensive Institution. In: Proceedings of the 45th SEFI Annual Conference 2017 - Education Excellence for Sustainability (SEFI 2017). Instituto Superior De Engenharia Do Porto: Porto, Portugal. Green open access

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Abstract

Engineering schools in the UK are increasingly adopting learner-centred, authentic learning approaches such as problem and project based learning to address the perceived lack of employability skills in engineering graduates. These methods are labour- and capital-intensive, and these demands for work-ready graduates are taking place in a period of real cuts in per-unit student funding from government. To address these funding gaps, universities are increasingly focussing on securing research funding, leading to a preference for research active academics at the expense of academics with industrial experience. To plug these skills gaps, engineering schools are increasingly reliant on practitioners to teach on industryfocussed talks. However, the integration of practitioners into academic environments has not been smooth. In this paper I adopt a theoretical framework inspired by Bourdieu and Archer to identify the constraints faced by practitioners when they move into academic roles.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Otherness and Belonging: Integration of Practitioner-Academics into an Engineering School at a Research Intensive Institution
Event: SEFI Annual Conference, 18-21 September 2017, Azores (Portugal)
ISBN-13: 9789899887572
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.isep.ipp.pt/Page/ViewPage/SEFI_CONFEREN...
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: practitioner-academics, research excellence framework, research intensive university
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Engineering Science Faculty Office
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10054842
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