It’s very different here: practice-based academic staff induction and retention

King, Virginia, Roed, Jannie and Wilson, Louise (2018) It’s very different here: practice-based academic staff induction and retention. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management. ISSN 1360-080X

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The sociologist, Max Weber (1864-1920), suggested that few could withstand the frustrations of academic life. As the strategic management of human resources begins to differentiate higher education institutions (HEIs) in league tables, the costs of voluntary staff turnover (attrition) become more significant. In this paper, we consider links between induction (orientation) and retention for academic staff. We report on a qualitative study of thirty academic staff in five United Kingdom HEIs who were recruited on the basis of their professional experience. Their practice-based knowledge lends our participants particular insight into their HEI induction experience which, where found wanting, led in several cases to resignation. We analyse the induction experiences of our participants to glean explanations for these perceived shortcomings. Since induction interventions are thought to lead to improved retention, we recommend policy and practice changes to induction which may benefit all academic staff.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Education > Academic cultures
Education > Higher education
Depositing User: Jannie Roed
Date Deposited: 18 Jun 2018 11:19
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2024 15:57


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