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By Steve Fuller | Published: November 24, 2015
Academics do not simply teach and do research: they are teacher-researchers, notes Steve Fuller. In reviewing the UK spending review, he says, it is the value added to society by nurturing this complex role that should be at the forefront of the state’s thinking about the criteria used to fund universities.
By Simon Jackson, Ann Thomson and Stefan Nygard | Published: March 25, 2015
Research and teaching have never been free from external constraints and public universities have long been expected to justify the resources society devotes to them. But universities feel threatened and increasingly incapable of fulfilling their primary functions.
By Steven C. Ward | Published: June 19, 2014
Some Australians have looked to the United States as a model for revamping Oz's higher education system. U.S.-based sociologist Steven Ward suggests they ought to take another look.
By Nuffield Foundation | Published: October 8, 2013
Fifteen universities across the UK will receive £19.5 million to overhaul their social science teaching over the next five years. This funding comes from Q-Step, an ambitious intervention to address the critical shortage of social scientists with the quantitative skills needed to evaluate evidence and analyse data. Together with […]
By Daniel Nehring | Published: July 28, 2013
In the context of consulting projects there may be very little room for the sociological imagination, the questioning of common sense, and, least of all, challenges to the status quo.
By David Canter | Published: July 12, 2013
David Canter reveals the plague that is infecting education.
By Daniel Nehring | Published: June 23, 2013
Critical scholarship and intellectual dissent are currently being closed down in favour of a model of academic life that accords scholars a limited role as purveyors of practically useful skills in ‘real-world’ labour markets.
By Ferdinand von Prondzynski | Published: April 26, 2013
Around the educational mission we are now spinning a web of ‘accountability’ that has little to do with explaining or justifying our activities, and much to do with obscuring our responsibility through the creation of elaborate processes.
By Pacific-Standard Magazine | Published: February 15, 2013
The authors of “Why Does College Cost So Much?” take a look at the root causes and determine that we can reduce the price of higher education, but not dramatically.
By Daniel Nehring | Published: August 21, 2012
Just a few years ago, critical voices could still speak through mainstream media to highlight the dangers of the quickly accelerating commercialisation of academia. These commentators have now been pushed to the margins.
By Social Science Space | Published: March 3, 2011
The Universities and Science Minister, David Willetts MP, has made several key speeches recently setting out the Government’s views on the role of universities. At Nottingham University last month, David Willetts stated that universities can improve social mobility without compromising their academic integrity: “The primary role of universities is to enrich our knowledge and understanding. That is […]