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Academics in the digital university: current trends and future challenges

Friday, 22 February 2019

Digitisation has profoundly affected the professional work of academics over the last two decades. These changes have engendered different kinds of practices of knowledge production, distribution, and, more broadly, academic identity formation. They are also becoming key indicators against which academic professional success is being measured. This Digital University Network event brings together a set of speakers and audience participants to critically explore some of the challenges faced by new and established researchers in understanding what the ‘digital university’ portends for the future of the academic workforce and for scholarly work.

In this one-day event the papers presented draw from uniquely different research contexts to offer new and critical perspectives on this current topic, with plenty of opportunities for participants to join in the discussions.


Papers will be presented by:

Dr Mark Carrigan (Digital Sociologist at the University of Cambridge and The Sociological Review Foundation). His research explores how the proliferation of platforms is reshaping social life, particularly in relation to the social sciences and their role within and beyond the university.

Dr Katy Jordan (Visiting Fellow with the Institute of Educational Technology at the Open University, UK). Her research interests sit at the intersection of Higher Education and Internet Studies, and recent projects have focused upon social media, semantic web technologies, massive open online courses and openness in education.

Professor Mary Hamilton, Professor David Barton (all from Lancaster University) & Dr Ibrar Bhatt (Queen’s University Belfast). These are four members from the ESRC-funded research project "The Dynamics of Knowledge Creation: Academics' Writing Practices in the Contemporary University Workplace”. A key element of this project examined how digital media and digitisation policies shape the knowledge producing work and professional lives of academics. Their paper will present findings from this research.


The event will run from 10:30 to 3:30, and lunch will be provided between 1:15-2pm.


For more information, please contact the network conveners Dr Ibrar Bhatt ( or Dr Jeremy Knox (, or Katie Tindle (


This event is free for Ulster University and Queen's University Belfast staff. An institutional email address is required upon registration. If you are a member of Queen's University Belfast or Ulster University staff, please register here.


Network: Digital University
Date(s): Friday, 22 February 2019
Times: 10:30 - 15:30
Location: Queen´s University Belfast
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Caught between the Impact Machine and the Social Media Machine: theorising the challenge of doing go
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Academics writing in the Digital University
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