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Education and scholarship career tracks

Susan Smith explains what's involved with this new route to Professorship.

Recently there has been a trend for UK universities to create a new career path that extends to Professor level. This is typically called the Education and Scholarship track (e.g. at University of Sussex) but may also be known as Learning, Teaching and Scholarship (e.g. the University of Glasgow) or similar. The common theme is that these career paths require a degree of engagement in scholarship and provide allocated time within your workload to do so. This is different from teaching-only contracts.

Scholarship is an umbrella term and institutional understanding may vary but most base their definition on Boyer’s (1990) work in this area. Boyer identified four forms of scholarship: teaching, research, application and integration. His work is considered important as it raised the profile of the scholarship of teaching.