Teaching at university

Rachel Ambler, Gervas Huxley, Mike W. Peacey

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Using the rights contained in the Freedom of Information Act, we collected data on the teaching undertaken by staff at 52 UK universities. In contrast to workload modelling, our data reveals the extent of the variation in contact hours by institution, subject, and seniority. We provide for the first time an accurate measure of the teaching undertaken by staff on different contract types. One of our findings is that few universities employ full-time Teaching-only staff. It is some of the most prestigious universities that are leading the way in promoting this specialisation, with important implications for teaching and research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)572-598
JournalEducation Economics
Issue number5
Early online date8 Aug 2022
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2023


  • Higher education
  • I23
  • TEF
  • teaching intensity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Economics and Econometrics


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