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Commercialising Higher Education in the UK: The state, industry and peer review

Willmott, Hugh 2003. Commercialising Higher Education in the UK: The state, industry and peer review. Studies in Higher Education 28 (2) , pp. 129-141. 10.1080/0307507032000058127

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It is argued that the significance of the research assessment exercises (RAEs) does not reside primarily in their rationalisation of resources for research or in securing improvements in accountability for their expenditure, but, rather, in their contribution to legitimising the restructuring of higher education, which has included the withdrawal of research funding from an increasing proportion of academics and departments. Through a selective application of peer review procedures, the exercises have facilitated a simultaneous expansion of higher education with a reduction in unit costs. In turn, these reductions have further stimulated pressures and competition to attract privately funded projects as a way of supporting or maintaining resource flows into universities. The article focuses upon two related issues: first, the progressive tightening of the coupling between research activity and 'the needs of industry', and, second, the use of a system that simulates peer review to legitimise this process.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0307-5079
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:26

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