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A Meeting of Minds: Finding Parity in the Arena of Academic Research

Date & Time:

18th June 2019
15:45 - 17:00


Meeting Room 1a

This session examines the nature and existence of a division found ubiquitously across the sector: that between the academic and the administrator. The language we use to describe our universities’ human hierarchies only serves to underpin this bifurcation: Masters, Senior Lecturers and Heads are assisted by a body of supporting services. A failure to explore this cultural segregation risks the inculcation of dangerous behaviour on both sides of the fence: stereotyping, myth-making, and siloization, to name a few.

Where academic-administrative relationships are given the tools to flourish, a richer, more resilient process of research support and realisation emerges. Individual expectations are managed, professional working practices are harmonised, and institutional knowledge is shared in the pursuit of a common goal. Where they fail, the chasm between the two worlds only deepens and our collective ability to confront the ever-shifting research landscape diminishes.

Is parity truly possible for academics and their ‘supporting services’? This interactive session will encourage cross-institutional discussion, facilitated by case studies and an examination of current literature and working practices to stimulate debate, to consider how a transformational culture change might be enacted in order to ensure prosperity and resilience within our research institutions.

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Presented by:

Dr Rachel Matthews - Research Grants and Contracts Officer, Durham University

Lorna Wilson - Head of Research Development, Durham University


Theme: Culture, environment & people
Level: Open to all
Date: 18th June 2019
Time: 15:45 - 17:00
Room: Meeting Room 1a