The Collegiate University in Retreat?

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


Much of the diagnosis of British higher education, past and present, has made frequent use of cataclysmic language. It is not uncommon to perceive the universities as in a state of crisis from which they will recover only if they succeed in radically reshaping themselves (Moberley, 1949, The Crisis of the University; Scott, 1984, The Crisis of the University). Their values, purposes, procedures and structures – not to mention their personnel – are all too frequently seen as ineffective in the light of prevailing circumstances. They need root and branch reform if they are to survive. Such foreboding has never been more sharply pronounced than in the past 30 years as the established system has found itself ever more tightly controlled by the dictates of successive governments and now about to face significant cuts in funding for teaching as the government attempts to reduce public expenditure.


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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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