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Statistics of Survey of Delegates

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Enhancing Student Learning Through Innovative Scholarship:

Enhancing Student Learning Through Innovative Scholarship The Role of Teaching Focused Academics in Driving The Evolution of HE #ESLIS15

Where are you from ?:

Where are you from ? 116 Delegates representing 29 UK Universities and 3 International Universities

How representative are we ? FT/PT:

How representative are we ? FT/PT HESA 2014 (n=52575) Questionnaire (n=48)

How representative are we ? Fixed/Perm.:

How representative are we ? Fixed/Perm. HESA 2014 (n=52575) Questionnaire (n=48)

How has your career pathway developed?:

How has your career pathway developed?

What were the main roles in your last job?:

What were the main roles in your last job?

What does your current role involve?:

What does your current role involve?

Your Current Role:

Your Current Role

What do you consider the best aspects of your job ?:

What do you consider the best aspects of your job ?

What do you consider the worst aspects of your current job?:

What do you consider the worst aspects of your current job?

Challenges and Opportunities:

Challenges and Opportunities

What opportunities does a teaching-focussed academic role offer?:

What opportunities does a teaching - focussed academic role offer?

What is the biggest challenge facing you in your role ?:

What is the biggest challenge facing you in your role ?

Scholarship Activity:

Scholarship Activity

Active in Scholarship ? (n=48):

Active in Scholarship ? (n=48)

Level of HEA Membership (n=48):

Level of HEA Membership (n=48)

Your Thoughts :

Your Thoughts Based on 48 responses to questionnaire: Very small selection from lots of free text answers

Opportunities :

“The chance to try new innovations and technologies in learning .” Opportunities

Challenges :

“We are expected to teach, develop curriculum , run courses, research, publish, get funding, be external examiners etc ...... I spend most of my time in the classroom teaching - when I am supposed to find the time to do all these other things? And are all of these other things really what a teaching role is all about ?” Challenges

Opportunities :

“Absence of the pressure to publish and find grants whilst still working in the invigorating academic environment” Opportunities

Challenges :

“I don't get enough time to do pedagogical research. I have to publish if I'm going to progress up the career ladder, but it is extremely difficult to carve any chunk of time to do this (and I do think you need chunks of time, not just an hour here or there) .” Challenges

Best Aspects:

“Working with such a diverse and interesting student body” Best Aspects

Challenges :

“I am acutely aware that both my Head of Department and the key members of the progression committee actually only value academic research. Both I and colleagues have heard Scholarship referred to as ‘not really research’” Challenges

Opportunities :

“Focus on becoming an expert in pedagogy; clear priorities (no conflicts in balancing the workload between teaching and research); no hidden agenda to further one's own research for career goals over the benefit for the university” Opportunities

Challenges:

“Some other staff attitudes towards the role, which has led to teaching fellow posts becoming 'dumping grounds' for undergraduate admin roles which lack recognition within the university structure (and promotion system), but still need to be done .” Challenges

Best Aspects:

“Meeting those bright-eyed students and firing up their minds . Watching ‘the penny drop’. " Best Aspects

Challenges:

“Feeling devalued and a second-class citizen because I am not a 'true' academic . It is silly things that make this division obvious and the division is perpetuated by those at the top .” Challenges

Opportunities :

“My role allows me to teach which at the end of the day is the thing I most love !” Opportunities

Your Thoughts :

Your Thoughts Based on 48 responses to questionnaire: Very small selection from lots of free text answers

Challenges:

“During one review meeting, when we were discussing options for future development - specifically whether I should embark on a PhD, he suggested that I should consider doing it, ‘if (I) wanted to be an academic in the future’." Challenges

Best Aspects:

“I love teaching. I love the contact I have with students. I really appreciate the flexibility I am given in developing and running my own courses (within University rules of course )” Best Aspects

Challenges:

“Time to focus on the things that will advance our career. Scholarship and educational research and improvement are key performance indicators for promotion, and are expected by the department. All of my time has been filled with ‘duties’ however, and there is no time allowance for me to actually undertake these .” Challenges

Best Aspects:

“The sense that I'm making a difference to departmental culture, which benefits our students” Best Aspects

Thanks for filling in the Questionnaire. :

Thanks for filling in the Questionnaire. The Data will inform our panel discussion later #ESLIS15

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