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

The co-operative university: Labour, property and pedagogy

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

A Short History of Hacking: Values and principles for co-operative higher education

My keynote talk for Newcastle College's Student as Producer conference, March 27th 2015.  Thank you for inviting me here today to contribute to your student conference. It's a real privilege and luxury to be able to spend the day with you and to learn about all the great work you're doing. Last year, my friend Prof. Mike Neary … Continue reading A Short History of Hacking: Values and principles for co-operative higher education

The Co-operative University: Labour, property and pedagogy

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

The university as a hackerspace (‘Friction’ conference)

A paper for ‘Friction: An interdisciplinary conference on technology & resistance‘, University of Nottingham, Thursday 8th May & Friday 9th May. In a paper published last year, I argued for a different way of understanding the emergence of hacker culture. (Winn 2013) In doing so, I outlined an account of ‘the university’ as an institution … Continue reading The university as a hackerspace (‘Friction’ conference)

Academic labour, students as consumers and the value form

Engels: "the philistine is not accustomed to this sort of abstract thought and certainly will not cudgel his brains for the sake of the form of value." (Marx and Engels Collected Works, 1987, vol. 42, p.381) Marx: "As to the development of the value-form I have and have not followed your advice, in order to … Continue reading Academic labour, students as consumers and the value form

Writing about academic labour

Some of these notes were eventually turned into a journal article for Workplace: A Journal for Academic Labour. "The subjectivity currently produced by academic labour warrants investigation." (Moten and Harney, 1998: 155) "In fact, the subjectivity produced by this particular production process cries out for investigation." (ibid: 157) Real abstraction I am writing a paper … Continue reading Writing about academic labour

Financialising the university: What is to be done?

Andrew McGettigan concludes his article on financialisation and higher education with: "I am frequently asked, ‘what then should be done?’ My answer is that unless academics rouse themselves and contest the general democratic deficit from within their own institutions and unless we have more journalists taking up these themes locally and nationally, then very little … Continue reading Financialising the university: What is to be done?