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Comparative Study of Higher Education Academic Staff Terms and Conditions 

  • 25 May 2023
  • By Emma Ogden

The Higher Education Policy Institute is publishing a new report, Comparative Study of Higher Education Academic Staff Terms and Conditions, which was commissioned from SUMS Consulting (

The paper benchmarks the pay and benefits of academics based on the various drivers of ‘Good Work’ defined by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

It finds:

  • many working conditions in higher education are relatively generous, and sometimes much more so, than in other sectors – for example, in areas like pensions, leave, sick pay, parental leave and access to sabbaticals; but
  • in some other areas, academics face conditions that are less good than those in other professions, most notably in regard to the proportion of staff on temporary contracts.

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