Managing Across Borders: Empowering and Supporting Staff to Lead Global Teaching Teams

By Heather Clay and Catherine Minett-Smith.

Published by The Learner Collection

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Transnational education (TNE), sometimes referred to as cross-border education, has increased substantially over the last decade, particularly in relation to collaborative partnerships between universities but also in the development of international branch campuses. The expansion of TNE in the UK is changing the role of academic staff in many institutions. This paper gives an overview of the impacts this has had on a UK institution and its staff, and highlights the challenges and opportunities facing staff managing the delivery of a UK designed curriculum in a TNE context. The challenge for this and similar institutions is to develop and support academics working in remote and diverse communities of practice. The paper explores the systematic and strategic operational issues that need to be addressed to improve efficiency and effectiveness in managing international delivery. It looks at what skills staff need to develop to lead effective cross global teaching teams and begins to consider how to develop remote international communities of practice.

Keywords: International, Global, Communities of Practice, Operational Effectiveness

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 18, Issue 10, pp.191-202. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 777.686KB).

Dr. Heather Clay

Deputy Dean, Business School, Middlesex University, Hendon, UK

Dr. Heather Clay is Deputy Dean at Middlesex University Business School. She is responsible for the development of academic provision within the Business School and developing new collabrative links in the UK and overseas. Heather’s first degree is an LLB from London University and this was followed by an MA in Higher and Professional Education from the Institute of Education. She subsequently completed a DProf in Higher Education Management which focussed on the globalisation of higher education and off-shore delivery of UK education. Heather is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Dr. Catherine Minett-Smith

Head of Learning Development, Business School, Middlesex University, London, UK

Dr. Catherine Minett-Smith is Head of Learning Development for Middlesex University Business School and a Middlesex University Senior Teaching Fellow. She is a Principal Lecturer in Applied Statistics. Catherine’s first degree was a BSc in Statistics from Aberystwyth University and this was followed by a PhD in Statistics. Catherine is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has extensive teaching experience in Higher Education in both the UK and Canada.


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