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A descriptive study of professional staff, and their careers, in Australian and UK universities

Gander, M. (2018) A descriptive study of professional staff, and their careers, in Australian and UK universities. Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education, 22 (1). pp. 19-25.

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Professional staff total approximately 23% of staff in universities in the UK, which in 2014/15 was the equivalent of 95,870 individuals ( With their increasing span of responsibility, it is surprising that there has been little research into the careers of these staff. This study, part of a larger careers study, highlights some key attitudes to, and needs from, their careers. Via a multi-method instrument, of which only descriptive statistics are presented here, it is shown that professional staff are motivated by an integrated set of needs attributed to traditional, boundaryless and protean career theory. It is also shown that professional staff overall are satisfied in their roles, but there is a mismatch between the desire for a career and promotion opportunities, and those forthcoming from their organisations.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School Of Business and Governance
Publisher: Routledge as part of the Taylor and Francis Group
Copyright: © 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
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