Richard Hall and I presented the following paper at The Co-operative Education and Research Conference, 5-6 April 2017, Manchester. A link to download the paper is below the abstract. It is a version of our Introduction to the forthcoming book, Mass Intellectuality and Democratic Leadership in Higher Education. This paper develops a critical analysis of 'intellectual leadership' … Continue reading Social co-operatives and the democratisation of higher education
Due out in August 2017... "This book critically analyses intellectual leadership in the university, exploring ongoing efforts from around the world to create alternative models for organizing higher education and the production of knowledge. Its authors offer their experience and views from inside and beyond the structures of mainstream higher education, in order to reflect … Continue reading Mass Intellectuality and Democratic Leadership in Higher Education
Reblogged from Richard Hall's website: Working with 20 co-authors, Joss Winn and I have just submitted the manuscript for Mass Intellectuality and Democratic Leadership in Higher Education. The edited collection forms part of Bloomsbury Academic’s series on Perspectives on Leadership in Higher Education. Assuming that the review process goes to plan, the book is slated for publication in early … Continue reading Mass Intellectuality and Democratic Leadership in Higher Education
Letters from Utopia, first published in Post-16 Educator (84). Download PDF. “The state of abundance is not a Utopian vision but the real possibility of conditions already in existence.” (Kay and Mott, Political Order and the Law of Labour, 1982, 1) What follows is a series of short letters written by a student from the University of … Continue reading The University of Utopia
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
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
I begin this article by discussing the recent work of academics and activists to identify the advan- tages and issues relating to co-operative forms of higher education, and then focus on the ‘worker co-operative’ organisational form and its applicability and suitability to the governance of and practices within higher educational institutions. Finally, I align the … Continue reading The co-operative university: Labour, property and pedagogy
"We are fed up with working for free We demand real money now for the schoolwork we do. We must force capital, which profits from our work, to pay for our schoolwork. Only then can we stop depending on financial aid, our parents, working second and third jobs or working during summer vacations for our … Continue reading Wages for Students!
Andrew McGettigan has posted a useful analysis of the government's 'plans' for financing higher education. What struck me was his last remark: "In immediate policy terms, OBR assumes that tuition fees will rise with inflation from 2016-17, and then in line with earnings from 2019-20. As they have emphasised in previous years, without the link … Continue reading Student debt linked to the value of academic labour?
My paper for the conference, Governing Academic Life is available for download and I welcome comments here or via email. Thank you. Abstract We are witnessing an “assault” on universities (Bailey and Freedman, 2011) and the future of higher education and its institutions is being “gambled.” (McGettigan, 2013) For many years now, we have been … Continue reading The Co-operative University: Labour, property and pedagogy