Academic staff performance and workload in higher education in the United Kingdom: the conceptual dichotomy.

Graham, Andrew ORCID: 0000-0002-8191-0860 (2014) Academic staff performance and workload in higher education in the United Kingdom: the conceptual dichotomy. Journal of Further and Higher Education. ISSN 1469-9486

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Abstract

Higher education in the United Kingdom (UK) is under increasing pressure to manage the workload of its academic staff in a way that maximises the outputs from teaching and research. The emergence of this can be traced back to 1989 through government legislation that introduced neo-liberal managerialism into the sector mirroring the laissez-faire approach to the economy that was prevalent. This paper examines the literature surrounding workload management and staff performance in the sector to try to establish whether the two have been conceptually linked. A desk-based narrative literature review was executed in order to scrutinise the literature and attempt to answer the main question; what does ‘performance’ mean in relation to an academic role and how is this related to an academic’s workload within the post-92 higher education1 sector? The results of the review show that the literature is dichotomous both in terms of the two areas being discrete and also in the conceptual stance taken by writers in each area. Whilst there are inferred links between workload management and performance, these have not been explored. The paper concludes by outlining what further research is needed on the linkages between workload management and staff performance specifically, using socially-critical methodology.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an electronic "authors own version" of this article. The accepted published version "Academic staff performance and workload in higher education in the UK: the conceptual dichotomy. Andrew T. Graham. Journal of Further and Higher Education;" can be accessed online here http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0309877X.2014.971110
Uncontrolled Keywords: academic performance; workload planning; workload allocation; NPM
Divisions: General Research
Depositing User: Tracey Gill
Date Deposited: 22 May 2015 07:47
Last Modified: 12 Apr 2019 10:12
Identification Number: 10.1080/0309877X.2014.971110
URI: http://ubir.bolton.ac.uk/id/eprint/692

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