In turbulent times and with conflicting demands on higher education, academic careers and progression remain important for staff morale and staff retention.
This symposium will look different stages of careers from entry into higher education as a new academic (from practice or as a recent graduate), through to line management and on to strategic leadership. And we will also explore the contentious area of professoriates: teaching and student related, research focused, service and leadership, knowledge transfer and external engagement and the challenges raised with regards to parity of esteem.
The symposium will include keynotes sessions from Dr Fran Beaton, University of Kent and Professor Paul Miller, University of Greenwich, participant-led workshops and presentations, and a closing plenary from Dr Colleen Harding, Bournemouth University. The event will offer insights into current practice and explore talent management, career planning and equality of opportunities. Drawing on research and evidence-informed practice, the event will appeal especially to academic leaders with responsibility for staff and their development, Staff Development community, HR and ODHE professionals within higher education.
The symposium will address the following themes:
- Early career academics, colleagues with dual identities and part time staff
- Transition into management
- Move into (and out of) educational leadership
- Professoriate and parity of esteem of the different routes.
The aim of this symposium is to provide an open and supportive environment within which to share and discuss contemporary practice-based interventions and initiatives in this priority area.
Who should attend?
The symposium is intended for anyone – managers and leaders, academic and support staff, HR, ODHE and staff development professionals – with an interest in and/or responsibility for recruitment, career development, promotion panels and internal appointments in higher education at all levels. It will be a useful forum to encourage the exchange and dissemination of different ways of thinking about academic careers.
Delegates will have the opportunity to learn from leading practitioners in the sector and debate priority issues.
The symposium will be facilitated by Professor Sally Bradley, Senior Adviser (Professional Learning and Development)