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University Knowledge: The Market and the State

University knowledge: The market and the state
Stephen Ward

Introduction

University education in the UK used to be for an intellectual elite, but policies for expansion and widening participation have led to a mass Higher Education system. The university is now said to be a business in the Higher Education market and higher tuition fees mean that students become ‘customers’ who pay for their education and can demand the same rights as shoppers who want value – a good degree for my money. Unlike schools, universities have traditionally enjoyed autonomy from government controls and academic freedom for their staff. This chapter examines Higher Education in universities and colleges and its role in UK society today. It looks at the ways ...

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