The University as a Critical Institution?

  • Rosemary Deem
  • Heather Eggins

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Rosemary Deem, Heather Eggins
      Pages 3-14
  3. The Contemporary University: Governance and Organisational Futures

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. António Magalhães, Amélia Veiga, Pedro Videira
      Pages 39-53
    3. Myroslava Hladchenko, Dominik Antonowicz, Harry de Boer
      Pages 55-74
  4. Widening Participation, Curricular Innovation, Research Policy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 93-93
    2. Daniel Kontowski, David Kretz
      Pages 111-133
    3. Sandra Hasanefendic, Maria Teresa Patricio, Frank G. A. de Bakker
      Pages 135-153
  5. Higher Education Policies and Practices on Teaching Quality and Excellence, Research and the Student Experience

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 155-155
    2. Maria J. Manatos, Maria J. Rosa, Cláudia S. Sarrico
      Pages 157-172
    3. Monia Anzivino, Michele Rostan
      Pages 185-216
    4. Andrea Kottmann
      Pages 217-235
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 237-239

About this book


Whether universities can survive as critical organisations in the current time is an open question which this volume seeks to address. The book examines particular aspects of three main themes: governance, critical regulation and regulated criticism; growth, equality, movement and instability in higher education systems; and teaching and learning. Topics range from ‘University Futures’ to an examination of governance by procedure and the loss of the social process of the university; a discussion of the meaning of academic freedom; and approaches to managerialism. Quality management is discussed, along with the question of whether European Liberal Education actually exists. Various aspects of the theme of teaching and learning are examined, from student participation in out-of-class activities, to the role of Centres of Excellence, and a consideration of widening participation. The book is international in its reach, and addresses the continuing dilemmas faced in higher education systems, within Europe and beyond.


Criticality Quality Governance Teaching excellence University futures

Editors and affiliations

  • Rosemary Deem
    • 1
  • Heather Eggins
    • 2
  1. 1.Royal HollowayUniversity of LondonUK
  2. 2.Lucy Cavendish CollegeUniversity of CambridgeUK

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