Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

It May Be like the Gulag, but the Rigour Is Getting Results

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

It May Be like the Gulag, but the Rigour Is Getting Results

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Rising standards at a university have been put down to the introduction of "a 'Gulag' form of staff development" by a senior manager.

Peter Slee, deputy vice-chancellor of the University of Huddersfield, said that the demanding approach of requiring all lecturers to have professional accreditation, a teaching qualification and to get a PhD if they do not already have one had been a key factor in improved student satisfaction.

Speaking at the Higher and Further Education Show at London's Olympia earlier this month, Professor Slee said that academic staff were motivated by being asked three key questions: why would anyone want to be taught by them; why would anyone want to be led by them; and, if their job were advertised now, would they get it?

A PhD was a key part of the answer to these questions, he argued, with the proportion of Huddersfield lecturers who hold the qualification now at 60 per cent, up from 45 per cent. Another 30 per cent are registered on courses that they will complete over the next five or six years. …

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