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Speaking of Universities By Stefan Collini

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Speaking of Universities by Stefan Collini

In recent decades there has been an immense global surge in the numbers both of universities and of students. In the UK alone there are now over 140 institutions teaching more subjects than ever to nearly 2.5 million students. New technology offers new ways of learning and teaching. Globalisation forces institutions to consider a new economic horizon. At the same time governments have systematically imposed new procedures regulating funding, governance, and assessment. Universities are being forced to behave more like business enterprises in a commercial marketplace than centres of learning. In Speaking of Universities, historian and critic Stefan Collini analyses these changes and challenges the assumptions of policy-makers and commentators. Does "marketisation" threaten to destroy what we most value about education; does this new era of "accountability" distort what it purports to measure; and who does the modern university "belong to"? Responding to recent policies and their underlying ideology, the book is a call to "focus on what is actually happening and the clich.s behind which it hides; an incitement to think again, think more clearly, and then to press for something better".

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Speaking of Universities Reviews


"Stefan Collini has uncommon lucidity, stamina, and unparalleled generosity in reading, on our behalf, the hugely verbose and obfuscating documents that convey and impose government policy. His patient form of reasoning in public, while it may seem to be overlooked, has very likely acted, like flood defences under ground, to forestall even worse developments here in the UK. His is a strong, persuasive voice, and we need to hear it" - Marina Warner "Stefan Collini pulls back the curtain on the vacuous management-speak of the modern university. `Accountability' and `efficiency' are smokescreens for the sale of degrees, the creation of debt, and lower quality teaching dressed up as `excellence'. Any student who wants to understand what has happened to their university needs to read this book. Any parent who wants to know what lies behind the adverts for securing their child's future might also be interested in what the words in the seller's prospectus actually mean and why they are now there" - Danny Dorling "It is only through the consistent speech of dissident voices like Stefan Collini that we have any hope of remaking the university as a place defined by academic judgment and thought." - Michael Meranze, Los Angeles Review of Books

About Stefan Collini


Stefan Collini is Professor Emeritus of Intellectual History and English Literature at Cambridge University and Fellow of the British Academy. He is a frequent contributor to the London Review of Books, Times Literary Supplement and Guardian. Other works include Common Writing and What Are Universities For?

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Speaking of Universities by Stefan Collini
Stefan Collini
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Verso Books
2018-02-26
304
1786631652
9781786631657
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