Paul Bousted

Paul Bousted

Paul is the Director of Human Resources & Organisational Development at Lancaster University. He has over 17 years’ experience in HR and OD in the UK, which has included local government, local education authorities, National Health Service and higher education institutions. He is a Fellow of the CIPD and sit on the CIPD assessment panel as well as sitting as a public governor on the Trust Board of a Hospital. 
He has managed the merger of three UK higher educational institutions to create a single university, as well as other complex OD and transformational change programmes, and has also led the restructuring and transformation of HR Directorates in two very different organisations. Paul is a member of Lancaster’s senior leadership team and specifically oversees People Strategy, Health & Safety, Equality & Diversity, Educational Development, Organisational and Staff Development, HR, Payroll and Pensions. Paul is also currently Chair of Universities Human Resources (UHR).


Paul will be delivering the workshop Changing patterns and models of academic staffing in research intensive universities on Wednesday 10 July with Professor Angus Laing, Dean of Lancaster University Management School (UK).


Universities face an increasingly complex and diverse set of demands. Excellent research performance, outstanding student experience and graduate outcomes, and active engagement with civic society are core to the operations of the contemporary university. Delivering on these multifarious dimensions requires wide and specialist skill sets and the ability to bring such skills together into cross-functional teams. Increasingly, questions are being posed as to whether the traditional academic staffing model is fit for purpose and whether there is an emerging model that brings together the skills and expertise of a range of different types of staff to meet the demands facing universities. 
It is, however, clear that two of the enduring characteristics of university staffing models’ conflict with such contemporary requirements. One is the persistence of the multi-skilled academic undertaking, research, teaching, engagement and “administration”. The other characteristic is the hard boundary between academic and professional service staff. Anchored in tradition and legacy, these characteristics are stubbornly resistant to change.
Focused on the reprofiling of the staffing mix within a large leading UK business school and how this model can be utilized in the wider university context, we explore the development, and implications, of more specialized academic roles, the blurring of the boundary between academic and professional staff, and the emphasis on team-based delivery of research, teaching and engagement.
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