The changing demands of academic life in Ireland

Title: The changing demands of academic life in Ireland
Authors: Dowling-Hetherington, Linda
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Date: 2014
Abstract: Purpose: The consequences of institutional change for faculty is an under-researched aspect of the higher education (HE) sector in Ireland. The purpose of this paper is to report on the changing demands of academic life in Ireland. Design/methodology/approach: A case study of the School of Business at the largest university in Ireland, University College Dublin, set out to determine the extent to which HE change is impacting on faculty. The research, involving 28 interviews with faculty and manager-academics, covered the five-year period since the appointment of a new President in 2004. Findings: The research provides evidence of an increasing focus on more explicit research output requirements; the growth of routine administration and teaching and learning compliance requirements; and the greater intensification of work and working hours. Research limitations/implications: While the university was at the forefront in implementing large-scale institutional change in Ireland, further research is needed to explore the issues raised in this paper in the context of other schools and the remaining six Irish universities. Originality/value: Few empirical research studies have been conducted in Ireland on how institutional change is impacting on the working lives of faculty. This paper serves to shine a light, for the first time, on the perspectives of faculty regarding the changing demands of academic life in Ireland.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Emerald
Journal: International Journal of Educational Management
Volume: 28
Issue: 2
Start page: 141
End page: 151
Copyright (published version): 2014 Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Keywords: RoleFacultyResearchPerformanceIrelandWorkload
DOI: 10.1108/IJEM-02-2013-0021
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Business Research Collection

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