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The Great University Gamble: Money, Markets and the Future of Higher Education

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In 2010 the UK government imposed huge cuts and market-driven reforms on higher education. Proposals to raise undergraduate tuition fees provoked the angriest protests for decades. This academic year has seen the first cohort of students begin study under the new arrangements. A proposed Higher Education Bill has been shelved, but changes are being cemented and extended th ...more
Paperback, 232 pages
Published April 11th 2013 by Pluto Press (first published September 18th 2012)
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There is no better concise overview of the government's higher education reforms in England than this. And nobody has a better understanding that Andrew McGettigan. This is a must read for all with a stake in higher education, whether they be students, academics, staff, or interested lay members of the public.

McGettigan lets the policies and evidence speak for themselves, but in doing paints a grave picture for the future of public education. The full implications of the revolutionary reforms ta
Marc Livingstone
This is an excellent book, but pretty heavy on technical detail. I feel like I'll need to re-read it to get my head round some of the analysis. The argument is basically this: the tory led government is in the process of marketising HE by means such as: cutting the block grant to HE so they have to rely on fees, encouraging the entry of private providers (Kaplan, Pearson etc) to HEIs, outsourcing of services. The outcome is likely to be the same as for other areas of the public sector: ie a two ...more
Leonard Houx
If you have followed the news in the UK about massive funding cuts in higher education, the premise of The Great University Gamble will likely come as a surprise.

The author Andrew McGettigan shows that when the coalition government cut the teaching grant, they were not enacting an 'austerity measure' since the loan scheme that will replace may be even more expensive. Rather, through a number of coordinated steps, they have opened the doors to privatization – from within and without.

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For those of us who have anything to do with higher education in the UK, it is hard to overstate the service that this superb book does for us. The extent and rate of change in the system alongside its spasmodic and disjointed form means that it is extremely difficult to keep a grasp of what is happening, how the funding, management and regulation of the sector is changing, how all those changes hang together and what their cumulative effect is. The last few years changes in the higher education ...more
the attack on higher education in the UK and its financial outcomes. It tells the story in a succinct and interesting manner the way in which the privatisation of the governance of the university is accumulated in a few hands and how neoliberal political economic policies fattens the benefit of managers and opens the space of a critical area to neoliberal and hardcore non-teaching private providers to extract money and exploit students further.
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