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Academic Tenure and Employment in the UK

Stephen Court
Sociological Perspectives
Vol. 41, No. 4, The Academy under Siege (1998), pp. 767-774
Published by: Sage Publications, Inc.
DOI: 10.2307/1389668
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1389668
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Abstract

In this paper, my aim is to describe the growth of the academic profession in the UK, and to give an account of the security of tenure--or lack of it--of academic staff. In the early part of this century, while tenure was common among the professoriate, junior academic staff experienced considerable job insecurity. Although tenure for academic staff gradually became the norm, there are considerable doubts about how cast-iron tenure was, if put to the test as in the Edgar Page case. Recent employment trends in UK universities have been characterized by casualization and the statutory phasing out of tenure. In this article, the UK means England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland; Britain generally means England, Scotland and Wales. /// [Spanish] El objetivo de este trabajo es describir el crecimiento de la profesión académica en el Reyno Unido, así como dar una versión de la seguridad o inseguridad de la tenencia de la base académica entre el personal académico. En la primera parte de este siglo, mientras que la obtención de la base académica fue común entre el profesorado, el personal académico principiante experimentó una considerable inseguridad de empleo. Aunque la tenencia de la base de ducación superior se convirtió en una norma para el personal académico, existen dudas relevantes acerca de cómo se solidificó la tenencia de la base académica, o si se puso a prueba como en el cado de "Edgar Page." En universidades del Reyno Unido se han caracterizado algunas tendencias recientes de empleo como informales, así como la fase legal fuera de la tenencia de la base académica. /// [Chinese] (Unicode for Chinese abstract). /// [Japanese] (Unicode for Japanese abstract).

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