5.4 Scholarly Activities

Investment Banking Institute Business School Pty Ltd (“IBIBS” or “the Institution”) is committed to nurturing a culture of scholarship throughout the academic staff of the Institution.

As stated in IBIBS policies referring to academic freedom and free intellectual inquiry the Institution expects its academic staff to exhibit a strong commitment to scholarship and the professional expectations of their academic disciplines. The pursuit of knowledge through intellectual inquiry is highly valued as a mark of institutional excellence.

Scholarship is demonstrated through a range of scholarly activity undertaken by the Institution’s academic staff and is overseen by the Higher Education Board and supported by the Dean of Studies and Program Coordinators.

A commitment to scholarship is a joint responsibility shared by individual staff members, managers and supervisors, and the Institution. Individual staff members are encouraged to seek appropriate opportunities for scholarship both within the Institution and externally.

Scholarship

It is a normal part of the duties of academic staff of higher education institutions to undertake scholarly activity which extends the boundaries of knowledge and understanding in their disciplines or extends their own scholarship and understandings. It is also a normal expectation that academic staff will use the information and understandings that they achieve through this scholarly activity to prepare articles for publication in journals or through conferences where their ideas and findings can be discussed and critiqued by other experts in their fields, or to assist other practitioners in their discipline and profession to continue to develop their own professionalism.

While research, the ‘extension of the boundaries of knowledge’, and professional dialogue are a normal part of the work of academic staff in a higher education institution, the Institution is primarily a teaching institution and therefore scholarship will be focussed on improving the teaching and learning environment and the Institution’s courses.

Scholarly activity may be done by an individual alone or could be done in collaboration with other members of staff or with senior students.

While scholarship is an integral part of the duties of academic staff some general staff members, particularly at senior levels, may, with the approval of their manager, undertake scholarly activities. Approval for particular projects will be given in consideration of their relevance to the Institution’s operational needs and the staff member’s normal duties.

Examples of scholarly activity

Scholarly activity may take a number of forms and the following examples of scholarship which may be supported by the Institution are illustrative and not intended to be exhaustive

3.1 Courses, conferences and seminars

The Institution provides in-house academic training sessions and workshops to all full-time, part-time and sessional academic staff and encourages attendance at short courses, conferences and seminars.

3.2 Publication

The Institution supports the preparation of articles for peer review and publication in journals or through conferences where ideas and findings can be discussed and critiqued.

3.3 Professional practice

The Institution supports all staff to be active in professional associations and industry groups associated with their area of expertise as a means of maintaining industry currency.

3.4 Curriculum development

Academic staff may be involved in teaching, learning and curriculum development projects.

3.5 Secondment

A member of academic staff may be seconded to another part of the Institution or to an external organisation. This may include industrial exchanges to enhance professional currency.

3.6 Research and further relevant qualifications

It is important to the Institution that research activity is recognised, and therefore academic staff may be assisted in relevant research projects with resources and in-kind support. Staff are also encouraged and supported to gain further qualifications relevant to their areas of teaching expertise and full-time staff may be given time off from other duties to attend course related activity and examinations.

3.7 Opportunities for professional development

For the purposes of this policy scholarly activity will embrace opportunities for professional development to enhance staff members’ skills, especially to support the teaching and learning environment.

 

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