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Challenges for university engagement in the UK:Toward a public academe?


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Watermeyer, R., 2011. Challenges for university engagement in the UK:Toward a public academe? Higher Education Quarterly, 65 (4), pp. 386-410.

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Abstract

This paper considers the changing role of universities in the UK as they respond to an engagement agenda that stipulates a more immersive and visible interaction between academics and the public. It constitutes a survey of attitudes to public engagement in a selection of UK universities drawing on interviews with senior academics with managerial responsibility at the end of 2009. The results of this study reflect a mood of indecision and anxiety among respondents towards a public engagement agenda seen to influence the contours of their professional identities and working lives. The study situates academic accounts that contest the legitimacy of public engagement as a core academic activity and the role of academics in communicating with public groups. Moreover, it reveals a lack of agreement and consistency in the conceptualisation and application of public engagement in higher education contexts, certainly beyond an emergent discourse of research impact.

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Item Type Articles
CreatorsWatermeyer, R.
DOI10.1111/j.1468-2273.2011.00492.x
DepartmentsFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Education
RefereedYes
StatusPublished
ID Code47836

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