The system crisis 2020: The end of neoliberal higher education in the UK?

Show simple item record Rudd, Tim O'Brien, Stephen 2020-03-20T11:31:58Z 2020-03-20T11:31:58Z 2019
dc.identifier.citation Rudd, T. and O'Brien, S. (2019) ‘The system crisis 2020: The end of neoliberal higher education in the UK?’, Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies, 17(3), pp. 24-49. Available at: (Accessed: 20 March 2020) en
dc.identifier.volume 17 en
dc.identifier.issued 3 en
dc.identifier.startpage 24 en
dc.identifier.endpage 49 en
dc.identifier.issn 2051-0969
dc.description.abstract In this paper, we draw on previous conceptual work and theories pertaining to historical waves of reform, in order to reflect upon and locate the recent and current changes in the UK Higher Education (HE) landscape. Moreover, we consider the potentially catastrophic outcomes and consequences facing some HE institutions, and the sector as a whole, arising from the short-sighted and dogged pursuit of neoliberal policies – policies still being followed, we posit, at the precise moment when the current predominant neoliberal wave of reform nears its end. Thus, we present the case that as neoliberalism is confronted with a terminal crisis of legitimacy ‘from within’ (a system crisis), so too are universities. We therefore ask: What next for the HE sector and Universities? Will HE institutions ‘carry on regardless’ pursuing exploitative, ecocidal, meaningless fiscal growth policies that inexorably risk their legitimacy; their very existence? Or will universities turn away from their generative role in this crisis and authentically begin to reclaim, imagine and practise another educational mission? en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Institute for Education Policy Studies en
dc.rights © 2019, Institute for Education Policy Studies. en
dc.subject Neoliberal education en
dc.subject Refraction en
dc.subject Waves of reform en
dc.subject Higher education en
dc.subject Economic crisis en
dc.title The system crisis 2020: The end of neoliberal higher education in the UK? en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Stephen O’Brien, Education, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: en
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dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies en
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dc.identifier.eissn 1740-2743

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