Modern Day Challenges in Academia
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Modern Day Challenges in Academia

Time for a Change

Edited by Marilena Antoniadou and Mark Crowder

Examining the modern day challenges faced by academics throughout their working lives, this timely book investigates the ways in which academic careers are changing, the reasons for these changes and their potential future impacts. Contributors with insider experience of both traditional research focussed universities and newer institutions with an emphasis on teaching, utilise theoretical and empirical methods to provide international perspectives on the key issues confronting modern day academics.
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Chapter 7: Exploring perceptions of academic management roles in the undergraduate student experience

Marilena Antoniadou, Mark Crowder and Jim Stewart


This chapter explores key roles and responsibilities undertaken by academics working in UK Higher Education in relation to the student experience. Based on a case study of a large, modern university, we explore perceptions of three management roles that academics perform alongside their academic duties; namely programme leader, year tutor and personal tutor. Drawing on Brookfield’s (1995) four-lens framework, these roles are examined from multiple actors’ perspectives: students, peers, educational researchers, and autobiographical experiences. This study makes an important theoretical contribution by applying Brookfield’s four-lens framework, not previously used in researching academic life. Doing this offers insight into how each management role is enacted, and how it relates to various aspects of the student experience. These unique theoretical and empirical insights have implications for enhancing the student experience and supporting academics in the enactment of management roles.

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