Reclaiming the University for the Public Good

Experiments and Futures in Co-operative Higher Education

  • Malcolm Noble
  • Cilla Ross

Part of the Palgrave Critical University Studies book series (PCU)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Malcolm Noble, Cilla Ross
    Pages 1-22
  3. Luke Devlin, Svenja Meyerricks, Anne Winther
    Pages 145-167
  4. Anne Winther, Valerie Jackman, Keira Oliver
    Pages 205-225
  5. Sally Birch
    Pages 257-261
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 263-271

About this book


This book asks how we can reclaim the university for the public good. The editors and contributors argue that the sector is in crisis, accelerated by the passing of the UK Higher Education Research Act in 2017 and made visible during the University and College Union strikes in April 2018. In response to this, there are widespread demands to reclaim the university and protect education as a public good, using co-operative structures. Taking an interdisciplinary and social justice perspective, the editors and contributors offer concrete examples of alternative higher education: in doing so, analysing how the future of the university can be recovered. This intersectional volume discusses a broad range of approaches to higher education while disseminating new ideas. It will be of interest and value to those disenchanted with the current state of higher education in the UK and beyond, as well as activists and policy makers. 


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Editors and affiliations

  • Malcolm Noble
    • 1
  • Cilla Ross
    • 2
  1. 1.Leicester Vaughan CollegeLeicesterUK
  2. 2.Co-operative CollegeManchesterUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-21624-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-21625-2
  • Series Print ISSN 2662-7329
  • Series Online ISSN 2662-7337
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