Exploring the impact of the increased tuition fees on academic staff's experiences in post-92 universities: a small-scale qualitative study

Bates, Elizabeth A. and Kaye, Linda K. (2014) Exploring the impact of the increased tuition fees on academic staff's experiences in post-92 universities: a small-scale qualitative study. Education Sciences, 4 (4). pp. 229-246.

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci4040229

Abstract

The introduction of the new tuition fee regime in the UK academic session 2012–2013 has resulted in concerns in the Higher Education (HE) community that students’ expectations may become unmanageable. Previous research has explored the expectations and experiences of undergraduate psychology students; the current study extended this by considering whether the increased tuition fees have changed the experiences of academic staff in HE. To achieve this, five semi-structured interviews with psychology staff in two post-92 Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) were undertaken. Results suggested staff perceptions have undergone minimal change in their day-to-day experiences. However, perceptions of the wider HE issues, such as meeting targets and fulfilling requirements of the role, appear to be enhanced following the contextual changes of HE. Finally, the results reported here suggest generally good staff satisfaction, regardless of these changing times within the sector. Future research and the need for more widespread, large scale studies are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Education Sciences
Publisher: MDPI
ISSN: 2227-7102
Departments: Faculty of Health and Science > Health, Psychology and Social Studies > Applied Psychology
Depositing User: Insight Administrator
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2015 16:47
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2017 17:33
URI: http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/1676

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