University Autonomy in the Age of Marketisation

Simpson, Colin G and Marinov, Marin (2015) University Autonomy in the Age of Marketisation. In: (Re)Discovering University Autonomy: The Global Market Paradox of Stakeholder and Educational Values in Higher Education. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, pp. 73-84. ISBN 9781137393821

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Abstract

In this chapter, the authors link the notion of University Autonomy to the marketization of higher education in England with a focus on three separate, but overlapping thematic areas which are principally shaped by the three corresponding interfaces introduced in this volume: funding and finances (government-university interface); academic freedom (university management-faculty interface); and the international context (university-internationalization interface). A close analysis of these three areas of the English higher educational landscape reveals that certain ‘quasi-market’ mechanisms have been adopted by successive governments to help them achieve broader social and economic aims. However, the authors suggest that without a clear focus on the social purpose of universities, there is a danger that UA will be the Trojan horse of the free market, that is, as a gift (freedom from government interference) which will expose them to market forces beyond their control, and constrain their ability to take optimal long-term decisions. The focus of this chapter will be the Higher Education sector in England, although for historical reasons, reference will sometimes be made to the UK where HE policy has treated the UK as a single entity.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > Business School > Marketing and Retail
Research Priority Areas: Applied Business Research
Depositing User: Colin Simpson
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2016 14:01
Last Modified: 16 Dec 2016 21:13
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/2934

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