O’Donnell, P. (2013) Explorations of the Policy Drive to Foster a Research Culture within a Dual Sector Scottish HE Institution. Explorations of the Policy Drive to Foster a Research Culture within a Dual Sector Scottish HE Institution

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Abstract

In August 2011, the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) celebrated the accolade of university title, becoming Scotland’s newest university. Modelled on a federal, collegiate university based on a number of existing and geographically dispersed Further Education (FE) colleges and research institutions, the UHI has clearly abandoned the more conventional model of a single campus university in a single location. This study focuses on structural and cultural developments within the UHI arrangement. In particular, it explores the policy drive to foster such a research culture, focusing on the period from 2003 to 2009. The study identified two different types of performativity discourses that proved to be central in shaping the policy aspiration, namely a ‘RAE performativity discourse’ and a ‘Further Education (FE) performativity discourse’. Both discourses can be seen to have influenced the trajectory of research expansionist policy within the UHI by setting up a normative space privileging certain identities, subjectivities and associated actions at the expense of others. The study aims to contribute to wider debates on institutional policies for building research capacity in a dual sector/hybrid institutional setting.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberScottish Educational Review 45 (1)
Pages (from-to)23-38
Number of pages15
JournalScottish Educational Review
Volume45
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Keywords

  • Research Culture

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