Professor Bruce Macfarlane
Professor of Higher Education, Director of The Centre for Educational Policy
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Professor Bruce Macfarlane is Professor of Higher Education and Director of the Centre for Educational Policy within Southampton Education School at the University of Southampton.
I am a Professor of Higher Education who specializes in developing concepts for understanding the ethical dimensions of what it means to be an academic. These have included a virtue-based approach to research ethics, academic citizenship and intellectual leadership, concepts that have important implications for, and have influenced, university reward and recognition and research ethics policies.
My best known works are my single authored academic monographs published by Routledge: Teaching with Integrity (2004), The Academic Citizen (2007), Researching with Integrity (2009), Intellectual Leadership in Higher Education (2012) and Freedom to Learn (2017). In other work I have written about higher education as a research field, the changing academic profession, dual sector universities, university degree results and business and management pedagogy. I am a Fellow of the Society for Research into Higher Education and co-founder of the Society for Higher Education Research of Hong Kong.
I have worked in higher education since 1987. I was previously Professor of Higher Education at the University of Hong Kong (2010-2014) and have also held Chairs at two UK universities (2004-2010). My career in higher education has included 13 years as a business and management lecturer (1987-2000) and 10 years working in educational development leadership roles (2000-2010). I am currently a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Johannesburg and have previously been a visiting professor in Japan (Nagoya University, 2008) and in Australia (University of Melbourne, 2012). Prior to working in higher education I was a management trainee with Lloyds Bank (1983-1985) and a teacher at a Chinese secondary school in Hong Kong (1985-1986).