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The Transition from Professional Engineering Practice to Academic Practice: A Case Study

Nyamapfene, A; (2018) The Transition from Professional Engineering Practice to Academic Practice: A Case Study. In: 2017 7th World Engineering Education Forum (WEEF). (pp. pp. 494-498). IEEE: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 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 workready graduates are taking place in a period of real cuts in perunit 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 industry-focussed 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: The Transition from Professional Engineering Practice to Academic Practice: A Case Study
Event: 7th World Engineering Education Forum (WEEF)
ISBN-13: 9781538615232
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1109/WEEF.2017.8467164
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1109/WEEF.2017.8467164
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: teaching-only academics; REF/RAE; practitioner-academics; research intensive institutions
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/10079629
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