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Campaigning for the Public University

In this podcast Mark Carrigan talks to Gurminder K. Bhambra about her experiences as an initiator of the Campaign for the Public University. They discuss the crisis in the university system and the aims of the campaign, as well as wider issues relating to impact and engagement.

The Campaign for Public University launches Alternative White Paper

The Guardian have launched CfPU’s document, In Defence of Public Higher Education, in the paper today.
You can read the article here:

As you will see, it has been signed by over 400 academics, a number of professional associations and campaign groups – including the student groups: Education Activists Network and the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts – and has the support of the Local Schools Network, co-founded by Melissa Benn.

The full document and current list of signatories, can be found here:

Public Universities and Public Futures

A round table session from Discourses of Dissent, an event part funded by the Social Theory Centre, investigating how academic research, with a particular focus on social theory, might help us articulate and work towards a positive vision of shared futures which escape the discursive constraints which have defined the public life of the UK since the 1980s.

The session explored the practical resolution of the tensions facing the university system. What are the most pressing issues faced by universities? Is a satisfactory resolution of these tensions possible without radical reform? Is there a need to move beyond critique?

Speakers: Steve Fuller, Dan Hind and John Holmwood


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