Career advice: how to excel at admin

  • Robert MacIntosh

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Contribution to the Career Advice column of Times Higher Education

Period26 Oct 2017

Media contributions


Media contributions

  • TitleCareer advice: how to excel at admin
    Degree of recognitionNational
    Media name/outletTimes Higher Education
    Media typePrint
    Duration/Length/Size1,200 words
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    DescriptionIn the modern organisational landscape, universities have stood the test of time yet a quaint perception of tranquillity often colours the expectations of those with limited exposure to the sector. They imagine ivory towers populated with academics so enthralled by the pursuit of new knowledge that they are impervious to pleas from the wider public to avoid corduroy and sandal/sock combinations. Those inside the sector see a different reality where our universities face a dynamic, challenging and globally competitive landscape of rankings and endless measurement. Despite this, universities still tend to describe those tasks that relate to the day to day running of our organisations as “admin” with suitable connotations of Civil Service circa 1950. Vice Chancellors may talk in terms of leadership, Lord Adonis might rail against the growing ranks of “senior management” but early career academics will most likely be invited to take on an admin role. Here’s how to make the best of the opportunity.
    Producer/AuthorRobert MacIntosh
    PersonsRobert MacIntosh