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Professor David Balsamo will deliver his inaugural professorial lecture, entitled What were once vices are now habits: Academic work in the neo-corporate university, on Tuesday, May 14 at 6.30pm. It takes place on the University’s Parkgate Road Campus, in the Beswick Building.

Professor David Balsamo is the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Social Science at the University of Chester. He joined the then Chester College in 1991 as a lecturer in social science, specialising in health and political economy, following careers in the Health and Probation Services and local government.

David has a first class honours degree in Sociology from the University of Middlesex, a Master’s in Sociology from the University of London, a Master’s from the University of Oxford, where he also qualified as a social worker, and a doctorate in Social Science from the University of Bristol. His doctoral research concerned the management of teaching and research in higher education and forms the basis for his current research interests, which are focused around the management of work in complex organisations.

Professor Balsamo said: “It is a truism that higher education evolves. However, currently, the UK sector appears to be facing changes that will significantly alter not only the operational structure, but the value base of the very enterprise of tertiary education. Whilst much has been written about living in ‘turbulent times’ there has been much less said about how academic work is affected by, or effects, change.

“This lecture draws on empirical work examining the management of teaching and research in different types of English universities. Whilst unapologetically influenced by sociological insight, the lecture is also appropriately reflective of personal experience in the sector.”

Tea and coffee will be served before the lecture and a complimentary drink will be available afterwards. Tickets are free but must be booked by emailing ​

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