Postgraduate research students: you are the future of the Academy

Blass, Eddie and Jasman, Anne and Shelley, Steve (2012) Postgraduate research students: you are the future of the Academy. Futures, 44 (2). pp. 166-173. ISSN 0016-3287

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This paper explores the changing role of the university developed and changed over time, and how this is likely to change further in the next 25 years. By drawing on scenarios for the future of the HE sector in the UK in 2035, the article argues that postgraduate research students will be the key factor that sustains the future of the Academy as universities focus more and more attention on the teaching of ever increasing numbers of undergraduate students. The paper highlights the danger of a divide occurring between the idea of the university and the notion of the Academy in the future, and the essential role that research students will play in ensuring this divide remains bridged. The article argues that it is imperative for universities to expand their postgraduate research degree provision if the Academy is to continue in the future as the foundation to knowledge creation.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: First published online 1 Oct 2011. Accepted Version made available in accordance with the policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 31 Dec 2012 07:02
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2014 06:11
Uncontrolled Keywords: role of the university; future of higher education; postgraduate research; academic research
Fields of Research (2008): 16 Studies in Human Society > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160506 Education Policy
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130213 Vocational Education and Training Curriculum and Pedagogy
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3902 Education policy, sociology and philosophy > 390201 Education policy
39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390303 Higher education
39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390114 Vocational education and training curriculum and pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9304 School/Institution > 930403 School/Institution Policies and Development
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