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 20: Retirement: a valediction to work?

Peter Cureton


This chapter explores potential changes that affect academics when their paid employment ends. As a next phase in life, retirement can either be a liberating opportunity or a time of dread. The chapter begins with a consideration of the purposes of retirement and offers suggestions that the point retirement begins can vary. The ‘third age’ can either challenge academics’ sense of self or they can maintain their identity through continued engagement in scholarly activity. The chapter concludes with a personal reflection on experiences of retirement and a valediction to work.

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