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The UK Higher Education Senior Management Survey: a statactivist response to managerialist governance

Hanna, Paul and Walker, Carl (2020) The UK Higher Education Senior Management Survey: a statactivist response to managerialist governance Studies in Higher Education.

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In this paper we present results from an extensive survey of United Kingdom (UK) university academics investigating satisfaction with senior managers and university governance: the Senior Management Survey (SMS). 5,888 academic staff across the United Kingdom Higher Education (HE) sector completed the survey, and results were used to construct a league table of staff satisfaction with management. This table is a stark indictment of the current state of the UK HE sector, showing a mean satisfaction score of 10.54%. The SMS also collected qualitative data, and we extend the league table’s insights using this data. Thematic analysis revealed seven major themes: the dominance and brutality of metrics; excessive workload; governance and accountability; perpetual change; vanity projects; the silenced academic; work and mental health. We conclude with a discussion of how this statactivist research can be used to bring about change in management and governance of UK HE.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
Walker, Carl
Date : 17 January 2020
DOI : 10.1080/03075079.2020.1712693
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2020 Society for Research into Higher Education
Uncontrolled Keywords : Higher education, higher education management, academic labour process,statactivism, mental health, staff satisfaction
Depositing User : James Marshall
Date Deposited : 11 Feb 2020 16:21
Last Modified : 11 Feb 2020 16:21

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