Personal sacrifice and corporate cultures: career progression for disabled staff in higher education

Brewster, S, Duncan, N, Emira, M and Clifford, A (2017) 'Personal sacrifice and corporate cultures: career progression for disabled staff in higher education.' Disability & Society, 32 (7). pp. 1027-1042. ISSN 0968-7599

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Abstract

Disabled people are under-represented in higher education (HE), especially in senior posts. This article reports research on the perspectives of career progression into leadership held by disabled staff in one post-1992 university. Findings indicated that some participants were already engaged in leadership or aspired to such roles, and reported positive experiences. However, participants also experienced barriers to progression, including a lack of awareness of equality and diversity among managers and colleagues, inadequate professional development opportunities and the competitive organisational culture of management that could impact on their health and work–life balance. We conclude that disabled staff in HE do not yet have equal opportunities for progression into leadership roles compared with their non-disabled peers. There is a need for realignment of the culture of leadership and management to make it more compatible with the full inclusion of disabled staff in HE such that their unique contributions are valued.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: leadership, disability, higher education, career progression, disabled staff
Divisions: Institute for Education
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2018 14:31
Last Modified: 02 May 2018 16:49
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