On 15 June 2012, the workshop ‘For a Public University’ was held at Nottingham University. The transformation of Higher Education in the UK is at full speed. The cuts in government funding and the simultaneous increase in tuition fees of up to £9000 per year have dramatic implications. While universities emphasise the need to attract private finance, students are pushed towards courses with direct employment possibilities. At the same time, employers ask for closer co-operation with universities not only in relation to research but also in terms of the development of teaching curricula. The main focus is clear: education should be directed towards business interests in order to strengthen the UK economy.
This workshop had the purpose to analyse the underlying dynamics of the transformation of Higher Education in and beyond the UK, to reflect on the social function of Higher Education, as well as develop alternative ways of thinking about how best to deliver Higher Education in the future. The goal is to re-assert ways in which Higher Education can be retained as a public good, available to all.
Panel 1 – Pedagogy and Knowledge
Panel 2 – Restructuring and Marketization
Panel 3 – Contested Visions of the Public University
Blog posts related to the workshop
Blog sites and posts related to Higher Education restructuring
Sarah Amsler and Sara Motta – The REF and the Politics of Motherhood.
Gurnam Singh and Stephen Cowden – SAT-Nav Education: A Means to an End or an End to Meaning.
Andy McGettigan – Who let the dogs out? The privatization of higher education.
Susan L. Robertson – “Hullabaloo in the Groves of Academe”: The Politics of ‘Instituting’ a Market in English Higher Education. [Further related publications by Susan Robertson are available here.]
John Holmwood – The public university and higher education’s social mission. (The Higher Education Experiment in England, Oxford Magazine No 325, Fifth Week Trinity Term 2012).
Andreas Wittel – Hochschulbildung als Gut: Vom öffentlichen Gut zur Ware zum Gemeingut? (Forthcoming in G. Koch and B.J. Warneken: Kulturen und Regimes von Wissensarbeit und Arbeitswissen. Frankfurt/Main: Campus.) (English abstract).
Richard Hall – On academic labour, and reclaiming academic time and space.
Andreas Bieler and Adam David Morton – Defending not Defunding the Public University.
Andreas Bieler and Adam David Morton – Struggle for a Public University.
Richard Hall – A note on the subsumption of academic labour.
The workshop was jointly organised by the Local UCU Association at Nottingham University, the Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice (CSSGJ)/Nottingham University, the Centre for Research in Higher, Adult & Vocational Education (HAVE)/Nottingham University and the International Political Economy Group (IPEG) of the British International Studies Association.