'They want more of everything'

what university middle managers' attitudes reveal about support for off-campus doctoral students

Olga Kozar*, Juliet F. Lum

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Advances in technology and a shifting demographic of post-graduate students have resulted in a larger than ever number of off-campus PhD students. These students tend to be less satisfied than their on-campus counterparts with their candidature experience. Improving the current situation requires effort from multiple university stakeholders, including academic middle managers, who play a role in allocating resources and setting research training agenda. However, with the intensification of academic workload, academic managers might not view the support of off-campus PhD students as a high priority. This study investigates the attitudes of middle managers in a large Australian university concerning the provision of training and support to off-campus PhD students. The findings reveal that a complex interplay of discourses hinder the provision of support to off-campus PhD students. Implications for practice are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1448-1462
Number of pages15
JournalHigher Education Research and Development
Volume36
Issue number7
Early online date14 May 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Keywords

  • academic middle managers
  • Distance PhD students
  • off-campus PhD students
  • support for distance PhD students

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