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Professor Bruce Macfarlane

Professor Bruce Macfarlane

Professor Bruce Macfarlane
BA(Essex), MA(Kent), PhD(Lond.)

Head of School

Professor of Higher Education and Head of the School of Education

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Helen Wodehouse Building,
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I am a Professor of Higher Education who specialises in developing concepts for understanding the ethical dimensions of what it means to be an academic. I have drawn on a virtue-based approach to explore research ethics, the ethics of teaching in higher education, and academic citizenship from a character perspective. In other work I have developed a model of intellectual leadership drawing on research with university professors. I like to explore the challenges of maintaining academic integrity in the face of performative pressures (eg the ethics of multiple authorship) and I am especially interested in the effects of performativity on the student experience and how this impacts on their freedom to learn. My research focuses on the micro or individual level but is framed by the way academic identity is being re-shaped by the changing conditions affecting university life. My major works include Freedom to Learn (2016), Intellectual Leadership in Higher Education (2012), Researching with Integrity (2009), The Academic Citizen (2007) and Teaching with Integrity (2004). 


I have worked in higher education since 1987 and have previously held Chairs in Higher Education at four other universities in both the UK and Hong Kong. My career in higher education has included 13 years as a business and management lecturer and 10 years working in educational development leadership roles. I have held positions as a visiting professor in Japan (Nagoya University) and Australia (University of Melbourne) and I am currently a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa. Prior to working in higher education I was both a management trainee with Lloyds Bank and a teacher at a Chinese secondary school in Hong Kong.

My best known works are my single authored academic monographs published by Routledge: Teaching with Integrity (2004), The Academic Citizen (2007), Researching with Integrity (2009), Intellectual Leadership in Higher Education (2012) and Freedom to Learn (2017). In other work I have written about higher education as a research field, the changing academic profession, dual sector universities, university degree results and business and management pedagogy. I am a Fellow of the Society for Research into Higher Education.



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