Collegiality Debated

  • Ted TapperEmail author
  • David Palfreyman
Part of the Higher Education Dynamics book series (HEDY, volume 34)


This chapter assists in setting the scene for the book by considering how collegiality has been debated in the Oxford context. It is not meant to be an elaborate analysis of the idea of collegiality (see Tapper and Palfreyman (2010), The Collegial Tradition in the Age of Mass Higher Education, ??), but the intention for now is to present varying ‘insider’ interpretations of the idea of collegiality. This is followed by a short overview of how these particular perspectives can be related to the broader debate on university governance and administration. The purpose is to illustrate the sharp contrast between the normative passion of Oxford’s view of itself with the cool analytical perspective that sees collegiality as but one way of conducting the affairs of a university. This chapter concludes by drawing together the varying threads within Oxford’s self-perception and raises the question, to which we will return frequently, of whether this reflects current realities and presents a meaningful model for the future.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.OtterbourneUK
  2. 2.Oxford Centre for Higher Education Policy Studies, New CollegeOxfordUK

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