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Women and academic workloads: career slow lane or Cul-de-Sac?

Barrett, LC and Barrett, PS 2011, 'Women and academic workloads: career slow lane or Cul-de-Sac?' , Higher Education, 61 (2) , pp. 141-155.

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Abstract

Career progression for women academics to higher levels is not in proportion to their representation within the profession. This paper looks at theories about this and relates them to current practices within universities for allocating work. The management of workloads can disadvantage women through a number of interactive factors. Interruptions in continuity of employment and fractional contracts can work to exclude or hinder research activity, an area pivotal for higher progression. The issue that many models for allocating work exclude research from their calculations exacerbates this. Additionally this feeds off expectations that research work is conducted after hours at home, a feature that women may find more difficult. Lastly a lack of transparency can allow areas of, often unwitting, discrimination to go undetected through the skewed allocation of types of work not strongly associated with promotion. The paper suggests a series of measures that might improve this situation.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Built and Human Environment
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment > Salford Centre for Research & Innovation (SCRI)
Journal or Publication Title: Higher Education
Publisher: Springer
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0018-1560
Depositing User: Users 29196 not found.
Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2012 13:42
Last Modified: 30 May 2014 15:25
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/19512

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