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#100papers – Universities in Britain: A Very Short History

Keyword: University, University Governance, Research, Elitest, Research Societies, Funding, TAFE

 key points

  1. Two schools of thought exist regarding the current state of affairs in universities. The optimistic and the pessimistic. Those that see the cultural changes as a decline in standards, rampant philistinism, neopotism, loss of autonomy contrasted against those who embrace the challenges, the opportunities and the growing partnerships with industry which create accountability of process, rules and investment for the future.
    1. Future reading: The Idea of a University – Newman
  2. Medieval structure of universities remains today. Gathering of scholars, organised into self-governing disciplines, educating advanced students. Contrasted, however, with today’s structure where scholars are employees in a corporate structure.
  3. The elitist reputation originated as it was seen as a finishing school for the landed elite. Research occurred in separate institutions of learned gentlemen; Royal societies.
  4. Universities prior to WWI were predominantly self-funded relying on endowments, local initiatives, student fees or combinations thereof. 1919 this changed.
  5. The binary principle for segregating university and vocational study.
  6. The focus has been historically on management and admin for an economic impact delivery as opposed to what it is that universities actually do.

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