Celia Whitchurch, Centre for Higher Education Studies, Institute of Education, University of London
Research Series 1.11 - Final Report, November 2008 and
1.1 - Interim Report, July 2006
The Final Report which builds on the earlier Interim Report reviews understandings about the roles and identities of professional staff in higher education, of movements that might be occurring in relation to these, and the implications for career paths and professional development. It showed that understandings of professional staff have, hitherto, derived principally from the concepts of administration and management, from a perceived shift from the former to the latter, and from a sense of increasing specialisation and professionalisation.
The study explores the impact of more complex higher education environments, and the emergence of increasingly diverse forms of professional. It builds on contemporary ideas about the fluidity of identity to describe ways in which individuals are not only interpreting their given roles more actively, but are also moving laterally across functional and organisational boundaries.
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