Newcastle UCU Town Hall Meeting

Newcastle UCU invites you to a Town Hall Meeting

Raising the Bar?

Why we should resist target culture

5.00 pm               25 November 2015

 Herschel Building Lecture Theatre


Liz Morrish is Principal Lecturer in English, Culture, and Media at Nottingham Trent University.  Her background is in linguistics and she is currently studying the discourse of managerialism in UK universities – a discourse influenced by neoliberal politics.  In its various forms, neoliberalism celebrates the free market and, significantly, the value system that flows from that.  In this culture, all public institutions feel obliged to cast themselves as simulacra of profit-making organisations.  In its manifestations in the public sector, including universities, the transactional nature of real markets is supplanted by a pseudo-market involving competition.  Dr Morrish argues that this acts to distort what most academics hold as key priorities of universities.

She blogs about her work at Academic Irregularities

John Holmwood is Professor of Sociology at Nottingham University and founder of the Campaign for the Public University. He is editor of A Manifesto for the Public University (Bloomsbury 2011) and blogs regularly on higher education issues for the Campaign for the Public University, Research Blogs, Open Democracy, Sociology and the Cuts, and Universities in Crisis.

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