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From Practice to Academia

ImageAdjusting to a new role in an academic environment can be daunting for anyone, no matter their background. For those, though, who come in through a non-traditional route, from a professional or practice context it can be an especially distinct transition, particularly when entering straight into a research or teaching role without having done a PhD.

At the same time, of course, drawing on the knowledge and experience of a professional or practice background can be a major advantage and a way to create a synthesis between theory and practice. Material in this section is taken from a research project which explored the experiences of those entering the academic world from professional or practical roles. All audio clips are actors reading from the original research transcripts.

 

 

 

“I guess one view of becoming an academic is you do your degree, you do your research, you go and become a research assistant, you teach a bit and then you get a role, that’s seen as a traditional route. Or the other route is that you’ve been in practice and then you take a left turn off into becoming an academic or variations on that theme.”

 

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