Professor Bruce J Macfarlane

BA(Essex), MA(Kent), PhD(Lond.)

  • BS8 1JA

  • 35 Berkeley Square , School of Education

    BS8 1JA Bristol

    United Kingdom

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Research interests

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). 

External positions

Distinguished Visiting Professor, University of Johannesburg

1 Jun 2015 → …

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