Social Solidarity Co-operatives for Higher Education (2)

Following on from a conference paper that I wrote in late 2014, I have been thinking more about the 'social' (Italy) or 'solidarity' (Canada) or 'multi-stakeholder' (UK) form of co-operative as a constitutional and organisational form for Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). The corporation To begin with, I have been thinking about the chapter in Marx's … Continue reading Social Solidarity Co-operatives for Higher Education (2)

Co-operative Leadership for Higher Education

Mike Neary and I have been awarded funding by the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education to focus on 'co-operative leadership' in the higher education context. Below is the introductory section of our research proposal. You can read the rest on Mike's blog. Here's a link to the project blog. The aim of this research is to explore the possibility … Continue reading Co-operative Leadership for Higher Education

How can universities be transformed so that they center on public goods in teaching, research, and community engagement?

Mike Neary and I will be speaking in June as part of a theme on 'How can universities be transformed...' at the UNIKE conference in Copenhagen. We will be discussing our recent research project on co-operative higher education and contributing to the overall  discussion on the public and community purposes of universities. Below is the … Continue reading How can universities be transformed so that they center on public goods in teaching, research, and community engagement?

Students for Co-operation Winter Conference

Students are increasingly organising themselves around co-operative values and principles, providing goods, services and housing to their members. There are a growing number of student housing co-ops (in Sheffield, Birmingham, Edinburgh...), an emerging national body of student housing co-operatives, a national federation of student co-ops, and a new network of young co-operators led by AltGen, an organisation … Continue reading Students for Co-operation Winter Conference

Beyond public and private: A framework for co-operative higher education

The following paper has been accepted for the Co-operative Education conference 2016, Manchester (21-22nd April) The paper has also been accepted for the 2016 International Co-operative Alliance research conference in Almeria, Spain (May 24-27th). The paper will also be presented at the Universities in the Knowledge Economy (UNIKE) conference, Copenhagen, Denmark (14-17th June).  Prof. Mike Neary and … Continue reading Beyond public and private: A framework for co-operative higher education

Update on ‘Beyond public and private’ research project

With the exception of a few thoughts on an unexpected and emotional encounter, I have not had much to add to this blog since completing my PhD. However, as always, work continues and is being reported on the Social Science Centre website, where Mike Neary and I post about the progress of our ISRF-funded research project: … Continue reading Update on ‘Beyond public and private’ research project

Beyond Public and Private: A Model for Co-operative Higher Education

With Mike Neary. Part of a special issue on the future of the university. The framework for a co-operative model of higher education proposed here offers a challenging perspective to the wide-ranging debates about the future of democratic public higher education that 'kicked off' in England in 2010 and around the world (Mason 2011). These debates … Continue reading Beyond Public and Private: A Model for Co-operative Higher Education

Student demands for democratic control over universities

These notes are the start of an ongoing attempt to document each instance where occupying students or/and academics include greater democratic governance among their demands from university management (and where they don't, why?). My gut feeling is that forms of self-management and worker control (among whom I include students) is increasingly becoming a key demand when students go into … Continue reading Student demands for democratic control over universities

Research Fellow in Co-operative Higher Education

I'd like to work with more people on research into co-operative higher education/co-operative universities. The EU-funded Marie Curie Individual Fellowships are a way of funding someone (you?) to work with me in Lincoln, UK, for up to two years on a research project that we both define. If this sounds interesting, please read on and get … Continue reading Research Fellow in Co-operative Higher Education

Democratically controlled, co-operative higher education

I have a short piece on co-operative higher education published on the openDemocracy website. If you're aware of my work you'll find little that is new. However, it was written partly in response to the recent student occupations which consistently demand greater democracy in the running of their universities but do not seem to have a … Continue reading Democratically controlled, co-operative higher education