Exploring the parallel universes of staff and student transitions in higher education

Helen Corkill, Samuel Elkington, Lesley Lawrence

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Abstract

Following the publication of the Browne Review (2010), Higher Education (HE) in
England is on the edge, being plunged once more into a significant state of transition.
From 2012, the teaching grant paid to publically-funded universities will be cut and a
tripling of tuition fees permitted. The implications of these changes are highly significant
for new academic staff and students. Much has been written about student transitions
into HE but far less is known about the transitional experiences of academic staff who
themselves support transitional students. As changes impact, new academic
appointments are increasingly drawn from a widening variety of employment
backgrounds, with many staff working in HE for the first time. The University of
Bedfordshire runs a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PgCAP) for staff new
to HE. In undertaking this programme, new staff also take on the additional persona of
first-year student. Feedback from the PgCAP therefore informs an understanding of the
challenges facing new staff and new students. We also acknowledge a further group of
'new' staff required to move into radically new types of work-roles and who also
transition into an alien world. Situated within the context of government and institutional
imperatives, this paper explores the differing transitional experiences of academic staff
entering a university and draws parallels with institutional approaches employed to
support first-year students. An holistic model depicting the parallel universes of these
staff and student transitions is presented
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch and Development in Higher Education
Subtitle of host publicationHigher Education on the Edge
EditorsK Krause, M Buckridge, C Grimmer, S Purbrick-Illek
Place of PublicationAustralia
PublisherHigher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia, Inc
Pages118-129
Volume34
ISBN (Print)0 908557 85 X
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2011
Event34th Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Annual International Conference
- Gold Coast, Australia
Duration: 4 Jul 20117 Jul 2011
Conference number: 34

Publication series

NameHigher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia

Conference

Conference34th Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Annual International Conference
Abbreviated titleHERDSA
CountryAustralia
CityGold Coast
Period4/07/117/07/11

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    Corkill, H., Elkington, S., & Lawrence, L. (2011). Exploring the parallel universes of staff and student transitions in higher education. In K. Krause, M. Buckridge, C. Grimmer, & S. Purbrick-Illek (Eds.), Research and Development in Higher Education: Higher Education on the Edge (Vol. 34, pp. 118-129). (Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia). Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia, Inc.