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University Governance and Management: Critical Engagements with Theory, Policy and Practice

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

This seminar provides an opportunity to critically examine changing modes of university governance and management in the context of global trends in higher education policy.
Two papers will stimulate the debate:
'Ruling knowledge: Universities and the governance of knowledge creation' Professor Rebecca Boden, University of Roehampton
Times New Higher Article :
Governance can be broadly defined as systems for or approaches to decision-making. The governance of universities is therefore the means by which decisions are made within them. Any form of governing involves the exercise of some form of power, and in this paper I explore the shifting and complex landscape of governing power in UK universities and ramifications that has for the nature of the knowledges produced and what they are used for. I will also suggest how governing regimes might be beneficially reformed to aid the further development of the social role of the university.
'Appointing university executives: a case of managerialism in action?' Dr Sue Shepherd, University of Kent
 The prevailing academic narrative asserts that managerialism is all pervasive in today’s universities. But what exactly is managerialism and how does it differ from new public management and neoliberalism, terms with which it is often confused or conflated? In an attempt to gain greater conceptual clarity, this paper presents an ideal-type model of managerialism as ideology. This is then utilised to explore the extent to which recent changes to the appointment of deputy and pro vice chancellors might be considered symptomatic of ideal-type managerialism.  Thus, the academic narrative itself is subjected to critical examination.
Professor Rebecca Boden is  Professor of Critical Management at the university of Roehampton Business School. She focuses primarily on the effects of management and financial regimes on sites of knowledge production, especially universities. Rebecca has a particular  interest in the development of new, heterodox - hopeful- forms of university organisation and governance. She is currently a partner on a major EU-funded project called Universities in the Knowledge Economy -UNIKE ( which explores, from a number of radical perspectives, the nature of higher education globally in so-called knowledge economies. 
Dr Sue Shepherd is a marketing and communications specialist with over twenty years experience working in higher education as director of marketing and management consultant. Following her participation in the first cohort of the IOE's MBA in Higher Education Management she was inspired to undertake a PhD at the University of Kent.  This examined the motivations and implications of recent changes to the appointment of deputy and pro vice chancellor posts in pre-1992 English universities - both for management capacity building and for the notion of managerialism in a university context.  She is currently a research associate at the University of Kent. Find out more about her research at or follow her on Twitter @sueshepherdHE
Tea and coffee will be available at 4pm and the event will start at 4.15. After each paper there will be time for questions and discussion, followed by an opportunity to discuss issues raised in both papers over a glass of wine or juice. 
For further details about the Higher Education Policy Network, please contact the network convenor, Prof. Carole Leathwood, Institute for Policy Studies in Education, London Metropolitan University,

Network: Higher Education Policy
Date: Wednesday, 13 May 2015
Times: 16:00-18.30
Location: London Met. University: Tower Bldg GCG-08
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