Click here for THE homepageBy Jack Grove. Analysis of doctorates prompts concerns over adequacy of scholars' training, reports Jack Grove. Questions have been raised about whether many scholars are "little or no better qualified than those they are teaching" following an analysis of the latest data on how many academics have a doctorate.
In the study, Malcolm Tight, professor in higher education at Lancaster University, found that just 45.7 per cent of academic staff appeared to possess a doctorate. Even when the 10 per cent of staff whose qualifications were unknown were excluded, this figure rose to only 50.7 per cent. Only 21.8 per cent of part-time academics had a doctorate, compared with 58.4 per cent of full-time staff, his analysis says. The report, based on data collected by the Higher Education Statistics Agency for 2010-11, found that 11.8 per cent of the 181,185 people defined as "academic professionals" had only an undergraduate degree as their highest qualification. Another 21.1 per cent of academics had a master's or other higher degree as their highest qualification, while another 7.5 per cent held a postgraduate certificate or diploma.