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Tourism Studies and the Governance of Higher Education in the United Kingdom

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A major academic debating point in recent times has been the impact of the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) on the higher education sector in the UK. Ex-post analyses of the RAE's effects have appeared but this paper argues for a more forward-looking perspective. RAE 2008 is different to previous exercises, set as it is amid a period of significant reform and turbulence in the sector. Rather than exclusively dwelling on the past, it is necessary to explore how tourism studies and tourism geography will fare in the new era. While there has been transparency in the dissemination of change and much is known about what is to come, several important 'unknowns' remain, not least how several reforms will function together. An attempt is made to identify likely changes and to map their potential impacts on the future nature and practice of tourism scholarship.

Keywords: Full Economic Costing; Higher Education; Research Assessment Exercise; Tourism Geography; Tourism Studies; UK

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Centre for Tourism Studies, University of Exeter, Exeter, UK

Publication date: 2009-02-01

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