This research project carried out by the Academy and the GENIE CETL at the University of Leicester seeks to determine the extent to which higher education institutions are committed to recognising and rewarding teaching.
The first part of the project explores the perceptions academic staff have of the ways that teaching is recognised within their institutions. A survey of over 2700 academics was conducted and these responses were analysed to provide data on the opinions of practitioners in the HE sector. Academic staff from universities across the UK took part in qualitative interviews.
The survey and interviews have gathered views about how university policies to reward and recognise teaching staff are implemented.
An analysis of university policies formed the basis of the second part of the report which was published in December 2009. These data reveals the effectiveness of at encouraging staff to devote time to their teaching activities as opposed to the alternatives research and administration.
The report will be of interest to policy makers staff developers and academic staff.