Leading and Managing Contemporary UK Universities: Do Excellence and Meritocracy still Prevail over Diversity?

Deem, Rosemary (2009) Leading and Managing Contemporary UK Universities: Do Excellence and Meritocracy still Prevail over Diversity? Higher Education Policy, 22 (1). pp. 3-17.

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Abstract

The paper uses a gendered and feminist perspective to explore some dimensions of the debate about excellence and diversity in relation to the leadership and management of UK universities. The paper considers the extent to which notions about excellence and diversity are in tension in UK higher education and how understandings, underpinning values and the practical consequences of excellence and diversity connect or are at odds with the equally pervasive idea of a university as a meritocracy. The paper draws on two recent research projects, one which examined the experiences and management of equal opportunities policies for university staff in six UK universities and the other which has analysed public service leadership, leadership development and change agency in schools, health services and universities in England.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: leadership, universities, meritocracy, diversity, equality
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > Business School > Business and Human Resource Management
Research Priority Areas: Applied Business Research
Depositing User: Ineke Tijsma
Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2015 15:17
Last Modified: 17 Mar 2015 15:17
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/1485

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