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Facing the Future – Dual role of the academic (Members only)

Online event
County / Region
United Kingdom
Position on the Pathway
All categories
Fellowship Category
All Fellowship Categories
Event Type
Staff development
Start Date
End Date
1 hour
Institution Type
Higher Education and Further Education
Price From
Included in Advance HE Membership

As part of our enhanced range of member benefits for the 2019-20 academic year, we are running a series of webinars which cover the themes of ‘facing the future’ and ‘global perspectives’, and will focus on creating and sharing new knowledge as well as an opportunity to engage in discussion with colleagues from Advance HE member institutions globally.

The fifth webinar of the Facing the Future series is entitled ‘Dual Role of the Academic’. The objective is to provide thought-provoking, forward-looking ideas and to stimulate discussion on the balancing research and teaching. The current global pandemic provides an opportunity to pause and consider our roles and future careers.  How prepared are you for the future, what skills do you already have that can be enhanced as we start to work differently?  The webinar on “The dual role of the academic”, provides a provocation to take action to think about your own future.

All those joining the webinar will be invited to take part in the discussion.


 The webinar will look at different lenses of the dual role of the academic. Speakers will address the challenge:

  • balancing research and teaching - how do you balance the two and maintain career development?  
  • 3rd space academics, industry experience vs academic career - how do you re-establish a career within academia?
  • Professoriate: leadership and management vs. research or teaching.


Chair: Professor Sally Bradley

Senior Adviser (Professional Learning and Development), Advance HE

Professor Bruce Macfarlane

Professor of Higher Education and Head of the School of Education, University of Bristol

Dr David P Smith NTF, BSc, PhD, SFHEA

Reader in Biochemistry / Course Leader MSc Molecular and Cellular Biology and National Teaching Fellow, Sheffield Hallam University

Have you thought about how you could evidence your achievement? 

If you would like to explore more about benchmarking your career and the type of evidence you might consider. Please take a look at Promoting teaching and think about gaining recognition for your contribution to teaching and support of learning through Advance HE Fellowships, go to Fellowship Category tool.  Look out for the Advance HE publication later this year on Academic Career Progression: Diverse pathways.  The publication will draw on presentations delivered at our symposium last November.  For more information go to “Where are you now and where do you want to be in the future?".

Read the report