30 January 2018

The importance of research experience to academic authority

In a new paper, Dr Giulio Marini shows that individual research evaluation is key to achieving academic authority among scholars.

The study, Tools of individual evaluation and prestige recognition in Spain: how sexenio ‘mints the golden coin of authority’, analyses individual scholars’ reactions towards increasing evaluation in Spain’s universities.

Dr Marini looks at how research, teaching and having a ‘third mission’ influence perceptions of academic authority.

He finds that ‘sexenio’, the main individual evaluation of research, has established a new standard for the recognition of academic prestige. On its own, research is regarded as more important than teaching or having a third mission.

Dr Marini concludes by discussing the effectiveness of sexenio, the obstacles to change, and the uncertain destiny of the entrepreneurial public university in Spain.