Postgraduate research students: you are the future of the Academy

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Blass, Eddie, Jasman, Anne and Shelley, Steve. 2012. "Postgraduate research students: you are the future of the Academy." Futures. 44 (2), pp. 166-173. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.futures.2011.09.009
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Postgraduate research students: you are the future of the Academy

ERA Journal ID18535
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsBlass, Eddie (Author), Jasman, Anne (Author) and Shelley, Steve (Author)
Journal TitleFutures
Journal Citation44 (2), pp. 166-173
Number of Pages8
Year2012
Place of PublicationOxford, United Kingdom
ISSN0016-3287
1873-6378
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.futures.2011.09.009
Web Address (URL)http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0016328711002485
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This paper explores the changing role of the university developed and changed over time, and how this is likely to change further in the next 25 years. By drawing on scenarios for the future of the HE sector in the UK in 2035, the article argues that postgraduate research students will be the key factor that sustains the future of the Academy as universities focus more and more attention on the teaching of ever increasing numbers of undergraduate students. The paper highlights the danger of a divide occurring between the idea of the university and the notion of the Academy in the future, and the essential role that research students will play in ensuring this divide remains bridged. The article argues that it is imperative for universities to expand their postgraduate research degree provision if the Academy is to continue in the future as the foundation to knowledge creation.

Keywordsrole of the university; future of higher education; postgraduate research; academic research
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390201. Education policy
390303. Higher education
390114. Vocational education and training curriculum and pedagogy
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Byline AffiliationsSwinburne University of Technology
Faculty of Education
University of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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