A particular focus of this work has been to understand where those working in academic development are located – geographically, architecturally and structurally – and where their work takes place. In this post, we report on these locations and in the next post we’ll explore further some of the implications of location.
The majority of respondents who were employed by institutions (as opposed to those who were working outside of HEIs) were situated in an academic development unit (62 %) with others in education departments (13%), subject departments – other than education (12 %), learning technology unit (12 %) and human resources unit (7 %) . 5 % of respondents were located in the senior management team and other areas indicated were the library (3%), Language Centre (3%) and quality assurance office (3 %).
Sites of practice
Study participants reported working in a wide range of places both across and beyond university campuses. Core sites of practice were offices, central institutional spaces, department teaching/meeting rooms, home and online environments – all of which were identified by around 70 % of respondents.
Around half of respondents worked in other departments and in classrooms with subject teaching in session. Approximately 40 % used spaces external to the institution (such as coffee bars) to conduct their work and an equal number indicated boardrooms were a site of practice. Around a quarter indicated computer labs and library. Science laboratories were used by only 8 % and other sites mentioned included hospitals, campus coffee bars, hotel seminar rooms and mobile working. (Figures add up to more than 100 because respondents were asked to select all that applied).
Next: what is the impact of these locations?