Academic superheroes? A critical analysis of academic job descriptions

Rachael Pitt*, Inger Mewburn

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    For over a decade, debate has raged about the nature and purpose of the PhD, including its role as preparation for working in academia. Academic work has changed a great deal in the last 60 years, yet our doctoral curriculum has remained relatively static. While there is increasing interest in matching PhD programmes to ‘real world’ needs, there is a surprising lack of research to inform research curriculum development at this level.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)88-101
    Number of pages14
    JournalJournal of Higher Education Policy and Management
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2016


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