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The Question of Purpose: Higher Education, Marketisation and Teaching Excellence in the United Kingdom

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Society for Research in Higher Education SW Network in collaboration with International Centre for Higher Education Management  University of Bath 
Venue: University of Bath, ‘The Edge’ Management suite, Level 1, Room 1.04
All welcome (Free to attend) . Seminar followed by refreshments.
To register please email Rajani Naidoo
Understanding the proper place and purpose of universities is a complex and perplexing matter. This talk proposes to do so in the British context by critiquing the trend towards marketisation in higher education with reference to the Teaching Excellence Framework (or 'TEF'). This talk will thus argue that the TEF bureaucratically enforces neoliberal values on undergraduate teaching thereby undermining the broader democratic mission of British universities.To this end, the talk begins by offering a short historical overview of recent trends in British higher education. It then outlines current proposals for the implementation of the TEF, discusses the conception of teaching excellence involved in the TEF, and then considers three key criticisms of the TEF. Finally, the article returns to the question of the purposes of higher education in relation to the TEF, arguing that it constitutes a dangerous narrowing of our understanding of such purposes in the British context.
Dr Joshua Forstenzer is the Vice-Chancellor's Fellow for the Public Benefit of Higher Education and Associate Fellow of the Crick Centre . He completed his Bachelor's degree in Politics and Philosophy (Hons.), his Master's in Political Theory (Distinction), and his PhD in Philosophy at the University of Sheffield. As a doctoral student, he led the Philosophy Department's outreach program, Philosophy in the City, from 2008 to 2010, and was the Students' Union President (2010/11). His main philosophical interests are in political and social philosophy, American Pragmatism, and philosophy of education. His current project is interdisciplinary in nature and deals with participatory democracy, youth politics, and civic education . He also leads the Crick Centre's 'Youth Politics and Citizenship' research strand and works closely with the Vice-Chancellor's Office on the idea of the Civic University.

Network: South West Regional Network
Date(s): Thursday, 10 November 2016
Times: 14:00-15:30
Location: University of Bath
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