The Transformation of Higher Education: Acceleration, Platformisation and Digitalisation

Friday, 03 April 2020, 11am-5pm in London, UK  Register online here: https://www.srhe.ac.uk/events/details.asp?eid=456 There is widespread agreement that universities are undergoing a profound transformation but much less agreement on what these changes mean and how we should characterise them. The Digital University Network has stressed the role of new technologies in transforming practice within the university. … Continue reading The Transformation of Higher Education: Acceleration, Platformisation and Digitalisation

Our new MPhil programme: Knowledge, Power and Politics in Education

Following a successful launch at the Faculty’s post-graduate open day, applications are currently being received for the Faculty’s new full-time MPhil route in Knowledge, Power and Politics in Education. The course presents an exciting new offering in the Faculty MPhil programme, drawing on an interdisciplinary approach to examine the dynamics shaping knowledge formation in formal, … Continue reading Our new MPhil programme: Knowledge, Power and Politics in Education

The Platform University 2, March 10th-11th 2020

10 - 11 March 2020 Lancaster University This event was originally due to take place in November 2019 and has been rearranged in solidarity with the UCU strike action taking place at the same time.  Higher education is increasingly ‘platformised’. Indeed, digital platforms have become ubiquitous. They are dominant intermediaries not only in our social, … Continue reading The Platform University 2, March 10th-11th 2020

The Public Sociologist in Authoritarian Times: Negotiating Risk and Complicity

Lakshmi Sagarika Bose at the Wolfson Education Society Wolfson College Chancellors Centre Syndicate room 2, 17:45-19:00 (refreshments from 17:30) The confluence of rising authoritarianism and constricting levels of academic freedom highlight the necessity of contending with emerging questions on the political role of the academic in the face of widespread illiberal trends. Increasing arrests and … Continue reading The Public Sociologist in Authoritarian Times: Negotiating Risk and Complicity

Digitalisation, Assetization and the Future of Value in Higher Education

This seminar on Feb 20th from our external member Janja Komljenovic will be of interest to some of our followers. Find out more and register here: Higher education is transforming into an industry consisting of diverse, multiple and variegated markets in which universities are both sellers and buyers of products and services. There is also … Continue reading Digitalisation, Assetization and the Future of Value in Higher Education

What we talk about when we talk about universities

By Jana Bacevic [This review essay was originally published at the LSE Review blog on 19 December 2019] It is perhaps cliché to say that no conversation concerns only its subject. Rarely, however, does this ring as true as when it comes to universities, institutions that are simultaneously objects of inspiration and intimidation, pride and … Continue reading What we talk about when we talk about universities

From hermits to celebrities – How social media is reshaping academic hierarchies and what we can do about it

By Mark Carrigan This was originally published on the LSE Impact Blog To type the word ‘scholar’ into Google Image search leaves you immediately presented with images of bearded white men toiling away in obscurity. It has often struck me how apt this is in terms of the cultural connotations which remain attached to the … Continue reading From hermits to celebrities – How social media is reshaping academic hierarchies and what we can do about it