What is it about?
This article explores the occupational experiences of contract researchers, working in UK universities, where there has been a trend towards the use of fixed-term and part-time contracts in higher education, driven by the need for universities and colleges to reduce labour costs. The move towards a more ‘flexible’ and cheaper workforce is largely a response to governmental resource restrictions and the need to cope with increased student numbers. Contract researchers represent a 'growing pool of expertise' (Pettigrew 1994: 48), and yet very little is known about the intricacies and complexities of their occupational lives. This articles portrays the working lives and experiences of this particular university occupational group.
The following have contributed to this page: Professor Jacquelyn Allen-Collinson