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IS THERE (STILL) ROOM FOR EDUCATION IN THE CONTEMPORARY UNIVERSITY? Exploring policy, research and practice through the lens of professional education. Seminar 1.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Background and rationale

Despite the emerging policy interest in the quality of teaching in the UK University – the Teaching Excellence Framework – the question whether and to what extent the university can (still) be a place for education rather than just a place for training and the production of useful knowledge remains important and urgent. In this series of three one-day seminars we bring together scholars from a range of disciplines and backgrounds to consider these questions, taking professional education across a range of professions as a focal point for analysis and discussion. In the first seminar we focus on policy, exploring how policies and policy developments are impacting on the educational remit of the university and on how this works out in fields of professional education. In the second seminar we focus on research, asking to which degree and in what ways research – both on the professions and as a mode of professional education itself – is impacting on the educational remit of the university. In the third seminar, we turn to the humanities, asking what the humanities are doing and might be doing in domains of professional education in light of the educational remit of the university. In the background of these discusses are wider questions about what the university is and what the university is for and how the educational remit of the university might be articulated and justified. 

 

 

Seminar 1: QUESTIONING TRAJECTORIES: POLITICS, POLICIES AND HIGHER EDUCATION

The relationships between higher education and the society in which it exists are at the same time stable and unstable. They are stable, in that they always reflect in some ways the meanings, values, needs, purposes, anxieties and aspirations of that society and its economy. But they are also unstable because the tightness of the links may vary, and it is precisely at this ‘interface’ that much policy work takes place. When society is stable, universities – and higher education systems at large – are usually left to their own devices, and the relation becomes one of seeming autonomy for the universities. When there is societal instability, the links and their implicit promises are soon questioned, and demands multiply for higher education either to ‘deliver’ on its function or for its function to be reformulated, its promises fulfilled. There is much evidence to support the claim that the contemporary university is operating under conditions of instability. There is, for example, a still ongoing shift in power from the state to markets, so that the ends of the state are giving way or have already given way to the ends of markets, albeit that the state remains present as an important regulator of such markets. The first seminar day focuses on the task to make sense of these developments, particularly as they play out in fields of professional education, in order to understand what this does to the remit of the university to be an educational institution.



Speakers 
Prof Gert Biesta, Brunel University London
Prof Paul Gibbs, Middlesex University
Prof Barbara Kehm, University of Glasgow
Prof Jon Nixon, Education University of Hong Kong
 
Facilitators 
Dr Ourania Filippakou, Brunel University London
Dr David Aldridge, Brunel University London
Prof Gert Biesta, Brunel University London

 
This event is seminar 1 of a series of 3. 

Seminar 2: 25th June 2018
IF RESEARCH IS THE ANSWER, WHAT WAS THE QUESTION? RESEARCH, PROFESSIONS, AND PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION

Seminar 3: 16th  October 2018
HUMANISING EDUCATION: HUMANITIES, PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION AND THE UNIVERSITY
Details TBA

Network: Theory
Date(s): Wednesday, 14 March 2018
Times: 11:00 - 16:00
Location: SRHE, 73 Collier St, London N1 9BE
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What kind of good is Higher Education? What does it mean for policy?
Paul Gibbs
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Which Idea for the University of the 21st Century?
Barbara Kehm
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN THE IMPULSE SOCIETY: FOR A UNIVERSITY THAT TEACHES
Gert Biesta
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Truth in the Time of the Demagogues: Responding to Socio-cultural and Political Instabilities
Jon Nixon
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