Management Seminars: Graham Perkins
Dr Graham Perkins (University of Exeter)
G.15, 15-19 Tyndall's Park Road, BRISTOL BS8 1PQ
Title: The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and its impact on academic identity conflict within a research-intensive university
This study explores the impact of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) on academic identity within the context of a UK-based research-intensive higher education institution. While being aware that academic identity can be considered multiple, shifting, and complex, TEF marks a significant change in the landscape of higher education, and it may therefore have implications for identity. Collecting evidence through sixteen qualitative interviews, findings show that whilst TEF may not alter the broad substance of what it means to be an academic in terms of engagement with research, education, and citizenship activities, it will have profound implications in terms of identity conflict. Distancing one’s desired self from present identity, termed identity estrangement by this paper, through role conflicts and mismatches between expectation and reward, will potentially invoke negative work outcomes, hindering a pursuit of ‘excellence’. Practical implications explore the importance of resource allocations, and the need to align expectations and rewards.