A Manifesto for the Public University

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  • Copyright: 2013-01-31
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

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The Browne report advocates, in effect, the privatisation of higher education in England. With the proposed removal of the current cap on student fees and the removal of state funding from most undergraduate degree programmes, universities are set for a period of major reorganisation not seen since the higher education reforms in the 1960s.
This book brings together some of the leading figures in Higher Education in the UK to set out what they see as the role of the university in public life. The book argues for a more balanced understanding of the value of universities than that outlined in the Browne Report. It advocates that they should not purely be seen in terms of their contribution to economic growth and the human capital of individuals but also in terms of their contribution to the public.

This book responds to the key debates that the Browne review and Government statements have sparked, with essays on the cultural significance of the university, the role of the government in funding research, inequality in higher education, the role of quangos in public life and the place of social science research. It is a timely, important and considered exploration of the role of the universities in the UK and a reminder of what we should value and protect in our higher education system.

Author Biography

John Holmwood is Professor of Sociology at the University of Nottingham, and is also the Chair of the Council of UK Heads and Professors of Sociology and a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. He currently holds a Leverhulme Research Fellowship on the moral economy of inequality.Contributors: Professor Michael Burawoy, Professor Stefan Collini, Professor, Desmond King, Professor Lisa Jardine, Professor Diane Reay, Professors Steve McKay and Karen Rowlingson and Professor Steve Smith

Table of Contents

List of ContributorsIntroductionThe Idea of a Public University, John HolmwoodRedefining the public University: Global and National Contexts, Michael BurawayOpen Universities: A Vision for the Public University in the Twenty-first Century, Nicola Miller and John Sabapathy Science as a Public Good, Philip MoriartyThe Politics of Publicly-funded Social Research, Desmond KingThe Religion of Inequality, Stephen McKay and Karen RowlingsonUniversities and the Reproduction of Inequality, Diane Reay Afterword, Sir Steve SmithNotesBibliographyIndex

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