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Working a fraction and making a fraction work: a rough guide for geographers in the academy

Birnie, Jacky; Madge, Clare; Pain, Rachel; Raghuram, Parvati and Rose, Gillian (2005). Working a fraction and making a fraction work: a rough guide for geographers in the academy. Area, 37(3) pp. 251–259.

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Little is known about the issues facing geographers working on fractional appointments in higher education institutions in the UK. This paper draws on a survey of UK geography departments and personal experiences to explore some of that territory for the first time. The purpose is both to set the agenda for institutional policy issues and to provide some immediate points of reflection for staff intending to take up fractional work. We consider the place of fractional working in the dominant discourses around paid work, problems of workload division and the impact on professional standing (including the RAE). We suggest that while personal 'life' reasons for fractional working are often positive, fractional workers in the academy risk professional marginalization.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2005 Royal Geographical Society (with The Institute of British Geographers)
ISSN: 1475-4762
Keywords: fractional appointments; higher education; geography
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Politics, Philosophy, Economics, Development, Geography
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: OpenSpace Research Centre (OSRC)
Item ID: 17421
Depositing User: Users 4807 not found.
Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2009 13:42
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2017 11:11
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