A user’s guide
This book starts from the premise that the roles of those who teach in higher education (HE) are complex and multifaceted. Teaching is just one of the roles that readers of this book will be undertaking. It recognises and acknowledges that academics have contractual obligations to pursue excellence in several directions, including teaching, research, scholarship and knowledge exchange, supervision, academic management and leadership. Many must also maintain their professional status within a vocational career, such as teaching or nursing. Academic practice is a term to encompass all these facets.