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Issues of (in)visibility and compromise in academic work in UK universities

McIntosh, S; McKinley, J; Milligan, LO; Mikolajewska, A; (2019) Issues of (in)visibility and compromise in academic work in UK universities. Studies in Higher Education 10.1080/03075079.2019.1637846. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

As higher education increasingly aligns with the ideology of the marketplace, we argue that conditions of corporate competition have contributed to the invisibilization of collective work in UK higher education. Drawing on the work of Wa Thiong’o, N. (1986. Decolonising the mind: The politics of language in African literature. Nairobi, Kenya: East African Publishers) and Giroux, H. A. (2011. On Critical Pedagogy. London: Bloomsbury), we theorise the conditions under which tensions between collective and individual work play out and examine the impact on academic work through 207 surveyed UK academics’ perceptions of priorities and motivations. These were collected as part of a funded study to critically examine the teaching-research nexus in the humanities and social science. Findings show how systemic tensions reflect individual perceptions of competing demands, resulting in daily compromises to meet priorities that are strongly influenced by individual motivation. We conclude that highly-visible individuals are supported by invisible collective endeavours that contribute to the mystification of knowledge production, inequalities of representation, and research into matters of collective concern.

Type: Article
Title: Issues of (in)visibility and compromise in academic work in UK universities
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/03075079.2019.1637846
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/03075079.2019.1637846
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: Higher education, teaching research nexus, neoliberalism, academic work, invisibility, compromise
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Centre for Doctoral Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10077898
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