Values of the University in a Time of Uncertainty

  • Paul Gibbs
  • Jill Jameson
  • Alex Elwick

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Systems of Values

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Paul Gibbs, Jill Jameson, Alex Elwick
      Pages 3-13
  3. The University as Values Organisation

  4. Caring for Others

  5. Making a Difference

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 297-307

About this book


This deliberately wide-ranging book addresses issues related to trust, compassion, well-being, grace, dignity and integrity.  It explores these within the context of higher education, giving existential and empirical accounts of how these moral duties can be expressed within the academy and why they ought to be. The chapters range from values used in the marketing and management of institutions to their realisation in therapeutic and teacher training spaces. The book opens with a specific introduction which positions the work and outlines the context of duties and obligations at play. This is followed by two distinct but related sections including chapters on theoretical issues, organisational practices and personal praxis. The first part is more abstract and theoretical, the second locates the values discussed within the practices of the university. In doing so the book encompasses a wide range of issues from multi-disciplinary and geo-political regions. The authors are a mixture of world-leading authorities on values in higher education and earlier career researchers, who are nonetheless equally passionate contributors. This mix gives the book vibrancy and offers insight which appeals to both an academic and managerial readership.



Truth Neoliberal concepts of the university Moral values in higher education University of the future Contemporary forms of truth Foucault Academic obligations Higher education Values in higher education

Editors and affiliations

  • Paul Gibbs
    • 1
  • Jill Jameson
    • 2
  • Alex Elwick
    • 3
  1. 1.CERS, Middlesex UniversityLondonUK
  2. 2.University of GreenwichLondonUK
  3. 3.CERS, Middlesex UniversityLondonUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-15969-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-15970-2
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