Book Review: Browne and Beyond: Modernizing English Higher Education, edited by Claire Callender and Peter Scott

Reflecting the changing ideological and economic perspectives of the government of the day, the expansion of higher education in England has prompted numerous reforms aimed at reshaping and restructuring the sector and its funding. Leading to student riots and sparking some of the sharpest controversies in British higher education, the reforms introduced in 2012/13 are by far the most radical, […]

The 1% pay offer to Higher Education staff is not enough to counter four years of wage suppression in a context of increasing marketisation

Last Tuesday universities were hit by a second strike as staff walked out over Higher Education pay. Sally Hunt outlines the issues and writes that while pay is a major driver, the deep-seated unhappiness felt by staff has been brought about by more than just falling rates of pay. The job of an academic has become increasingly characterised by unmanageably high […]

The marketisation of our universities: Economic criteria get precedence over what’s good in human terms

Business criteria, not education or the public good, drive what marketised universities do, writes Luke Martell. Universities are restructuring for the new era, ploughing money into marketing and glitzy buildings, designed to appeal to applicants as much as function for those that use them. It’s a revolution in what the university’s about, and a counter-revolution is needed. In 2010 the UK government announced 100 percent […]

University as a ‘public good’? Only for those who never went…

Using data from the last 30 years, Steven Jones and Anna Mountford-Zimdars examined public attitudes towards participation in higher education. Despite questions being framed in ways that increasingly constructed university as a public expense, they identified a persistent belief in the core values of Higher Education. Among some of the surprising results, they found that graduates were more than twice as likely to favour […]

Neoliberalism, Networks and Knowledge: The commercialisation and resituating of universities

The influence of new “edu-businesses” on policy makers and administrators represents the most recent expansion of neoliberal inspired marketisation into higher education. It is also a sign of the expansion of a new, networked structure of policy making and institutional governance. Steven Ward discusses the profound changes in the way universities today are expected to interface with the states that support […]

A postgraduate loans system is critical to social mobility

Despite the increasing value of postgraduate degrees, there is no loan system equivalent to that for undergraduate students available to postgraduate students. This means that many are unable to access adequate funding and have to resort to potentially disastrous measures to get by. Annika Olsen discusses the recent IPPR report detailing a loan system that makes fiscal sense and addresses the issue. […]

True innovation in Higher Ed will emerge from faculty-driven, open-source projects, not start-up commercialisation

Leslie Madsen-Brooks is skeptical about the kind of disruption start-ups and tech folks promise. She highlights ways university faculty and staff are already driving thoughtful technological innovation through engaging in open source, open learning projects. Projects which focus on the individual and collective empowerment of students and communities, rather than commercialization will ensure lasting, productive disruption. This article was originally […]

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Investing in higher education, including the social sciences, would promote growth in Britain

Paul Whiteley points out that there is no evidence that supports the argument that STEM subjects provide an additional boost to growth on top of investments in universities in general. Despite higher than average enrolment in sciences, for instance, Britain has lower average rates of growth. More strikingly, Britain under-invests in higher education relative to other countries. Since it plays a key […]

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