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The Future of Education

The Future of Education


The student academic experience – expectations, engagement and complaint resolution


Heather Fry, Director of Participation and Education, HEFCE; Dr Camille Kandiko, Research Fellow, King’s Learning Institute, King’s College London and Gwen van der Velden, Director of Learning and Teaching Enhancement, University of Bath


Professor Robert J Allison, Loughborough University; Sami Benyahia, Ipsos Mori; Professor Stuart Brand, Birmingham City University; Robin Dutton, University College Birmingham; David Ellis, Student Money Saver; Jaswinder Gill, Royds Solicitors; Gervas Huxley, University of Bristol; Felicity Mitchell, Office of the Independent Adjudicator and speaker confirmed from the NUS

Chaired by:

Paul Blomfield MP, Member, Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee and Secretary, All-Party Parliamentary University Group and Baroness Deech QC (Hon), Chair, Bar Standards Board

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Conference 2012

Doing and Undoing Academic Labour

June 7, 2012
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Learning Landscapes (MB1019)
University of Lincoln


In recent decades, a wealth of information has been produced about academic labour: the financialisation of knowledge, diminution of professional autonomy and collegiality through managerialism and audit cultures; the subsumption of higher education into circulations of capital, proletarianisation of intellectual work, shift from dreams of enlightenment and emancipation to imperatives of ‘employability’, and experiences of alienation and anger amongst educators across the world.

This has also been a period of intensifying awareness about the significance of these processes, not only for teachers and students in universities, but for all labour and intellectual, social and political life as well. And now we watch the growth of a transnational movements that is inventing new ways of knowing and producing knowledge, new forms of education, and new possibilities for pedagogy to play a progressive role in struggles for alterantives within the academy and beyond.

Yet within the academy, the proliferation of critical work on these issues is not always accompanied by qualitative changes in everyday practice. The conditions of academic labour for many in the UK are indeed becoming more precarious and repressive – and in unequal measure across institutions and disciplines, and in patterns that retrench existing inequalities of gender, physical ability, class, race and sexuality. The critical analysis of academic labour promises much, but often remains disconnected from the ways we work in practice with others.

This conference brings together scholars and activists from a range of disciplines to discuss these problems, and to consider how critical knowledge about new forms of academic labour can be linked to struggles to humanise labour and knowledge production within and beyond the university.


Contributions from:

Mette Louise Berg

Rob Coley

Anna Curcio

Richard Hall

Maria Do Mar Pereira

Dean Lockwood

Andrew McGettigan

Justine Mercer

Sara Motta

Adam O’Meara

Gigi Roggero 

Howard Stevenson


Public / Free / Open

This conference is public, free and open to everyone. Please register so we know how many people will be attending. If you have any questions about the event, please contact Dr. Sarah Amsler at

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Doing and Undoing Academic Labour will be held in Learning Landscapes,  MB1019, the University of Lincoln. Click here for a map of the site.


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SRHE Annual Research Conference 12-14 December 2012

SRHE Newer Researchers Conference 11 December 2012


What is Higher Education for? Shared and Contested Ambitions

Celtic Manor, Newport in South Wales, United Kingdom


Dear Colleagues

The Society warmly invites contributions for its Annual Research Conference 2012.

Call for Papers available to download now at this link: SRHE Conference 2012 Call for Papers download

The Conference welcomes papers relating to further, higher, undergraduate, postgraduate and professional education in a wide range of research domains.

The Society’s Annual Conference is a truly international event bringing together delegates and contributors from over 40 countries. We hope researchers and scholars from the many forms of higher education globally and in the UK will contribute to this Conference, stimulating international debate on the way in which higher education is responding to economic, social and political and cultural pressures and both re-defining and re-asserting its nature and purpose. As higher education researchers, we aim to provide significant, meaningful research insights and knowledge to inform and guide universities, governments and societies.

This year’s conference will examine many perspectives on the role and value of higher education and explore ways in which research into higher education can support and strengthen shared ambitions and illuminate contested ones by taking a broad and multi-faceted view of the nature and purposes of higher education.

The SRHE Annual Conference provides a major platform for the presentation and sharing of research in every aspect of higher education and is a highly participative event, offering a range of plenaries and smaller discussion groups and seminars.

You are invited to contribute to this debate in a variety of ways: by presenting a paper, sharing in a symposium, including work of a conceptual or theoretical nature, or organising a round table on any aspect of this year’s theme or your own research interests. Empirical and scholarly research from a wide range of perspectives is welcome. Registrations from delegates not presenting work this year are warmly welcomed.

The deadline for submission of proposals is Friday 29 June 2012

This timetable will enable all submitting authors to receive early notification of papers accepted and take full advantage of early booking discounts.

We look forward once again to receiving your proposals and to another very successful conference at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, Wales, UK and I encourage you to submit your work and register for the conference as soon as possible.

Registration by 30 September 2012 will guarantee accommodation at the world famous Celtic Manor resort (rather than adjacent hotels) and attracts important early registration discounts. 

You will find all the information you need on making a submission on the Conference website:

Conference registration is now open.

If you have any additional enquiries or any difficulty accessing the Call for papers please email the Society at

We hope that you will contribute a paper and participate in this conference and look forward to seeing you in December 2012.

SRHE Newer Researchers’ Conference 11 December 2012

The SRHE Newer Researchers’ Conference on the same theme will take place at the Celtic Manor one day in advance of the Annual Research Conference.

This is an excellent event for postgraduate students and newer researchers, providing the opportunity to present research work in a nurturing environment and participate in a number of seminars and discussions. The Call for Papers for this Conference will be issued shortly and the timetable for submissions and registration are later for this smaller conference.

The SRHE Annual Conference is the largest UK based higher education research conference. Do please help us continue to extend the reach of this conference by forwarding this email to relevant colleagues and organisations.

Kind regards

Helen Perkins, Director, Society for Research into Higher Education

Further Information

For all abstract submissions, conference registrations, further information and updates on the Conference please access the Conference website at:

If you require any further information or assistance, please contact the SRHE Conference Team:


Conference Director: Helen Perkins Director, SRHE

Conference Organiser: Francois Smit,

Society for Research into Higher Education, 73 Collier Street, London N1 9BE, Tel +44 (0) 20 7427 2350, Fax +44 (0) 20 7278 1135,


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European Union


Monday 11th July 2011

12.00-4.00pm (lunch inclusive)

Venue: SRHE, 44 BedfordRow, London, WC1R  4LL


The French university at the crossroads: between bureaucratic accountability and the quest for excellence

Dr Romuald Normand & Professor Jean-Louis Derouet, Institut Français de l’Education, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon

French higher education institutions, beyond official rhetoric, remain profoundly divided between the elitism that provides excellence for the few, and the democratisation that is reflected in the massification of higher education. This is illustrated by the expanse between the prestigious and highly selective grandes écoles (the Oxbridge or Ivy League of the French system) and the ‘fac’ – the ordinary universities. Moreover, the paucity of French research and scholarship on higher education means that there is no persistent analytical and potentially critical voice coming from the academy, nor any relevant empirical findings. Changes have, however, occurred within the system with theBolognaprocess, the creation of the National Research Agency, and legislation on university autonomy. Romuald Normand and Jean-Louis Derouet will examine and analyse current tensions and propose ways forward.

The Strange Saga of Policy as Success

Guy Neave, Scientific Director of the Centre for Research in Higher Education Policies (CIPES)Porto,Portugal, and Professor Emeritus of the Centre for Higher Education Policy Studies atTwenteUniversity, theNetherlands

This presentation is not concerned with the Bologna Process so much as an exemplar to examine a broader issue of HE policy as a multi-level process. Who defines success? And at what level – inter-governmental, system or institutional level?  Does success at one inevitably mean success at another?  How is the Bologna Process perceived less by reformers – by the pays politique – as by those who have reform done to them – that is, at institutional level by the pays réel, academics, students and administrators. This presentation draws on findings across seven higher education establishments in four EU member states:Norway,Portugal,ItalyandGermany. It suggests optimism is best when heavily diluted with caution.

The European Higher Education Area (EHEA): is there a future?

Noël Vercruysse, Director, Higher Education Policy Unit, Flemish Belgian Ministry of Education

The implementation of the Bologna Process in the first decade of the 21st century has had a significant impact on European higher education at levels of the system: the government, higher education institutions, academic staff and students. Much has been achieved, but it is certainly an exaggeration to say that we are living in a vibrant and dynamic EHEA. After theLeuvenconference in 2009 the Bologna Process and the EHEA are losing momentum. Why is this, and what can be done about it? Is there still a future for the EHEA, and, if so, what kind of future? Noël Vercruysse will discuss these issues as well as focus on what he considers a main policy priority for the coming years: differentiation and diversity in higher education and the consequent need of good transparency tools.

Event booking details

To reserve a place at this seminar please email Nicola Manches at: or telephone +44 (0) 207 4472525. SRHE events are open to all and free to SRHE members as part of their membership package. The delegate fee for non-members is £25 [full time students £20]. Non members wishing to join the Society may do so at the time of registration and the delegate fee will be waived.

Please note that all places–for SRHE members and non members-must be booked in advance and that we have to charge £25 for non-attendance if a place has been reserved but no notice of cancellation/non-attendance given in advance of the day of the event.

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Yours sincerely

Francois Smit, Society for Research into Higher Education, 44 Bedford Row, London WC1R  4LL, Tel: +44 20 7447 2525, Fax: +44 20 7447 2526


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The Dept. of Sociology and the CSSJ at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will be hosting a conference on Social Justice and the University, April 29-April 30 at the Baker Center.

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The Conference will use the idea of social justice to explore the challenges universities face in meeting the economic, social, and global pressures of the 21st century. With faculty, student, staff, and community participants, the Conference is designed to begin an ongoing discussion of how social justice can inform the responsibilities of higher education. The participants come from a variety of academic disciplines, including Education, Modern Foreign Languages & Literature, Law, Philosophy, Sociology, and Social Work, in addition to various community workers. Conference topics include Foundations and Variations on Social Justice, Social Justice and Globalization, Teaching Social Justice, and University and Communities.

The keynote speakers are:

John Gaventa, Professor and Research Fellow at the Institute for Development Studies in England. He is a member of the Participation, Power and Social Change team and Director of the Development Research Centre on Citizenship, Participation and Accountability. He has written widely on issues of power, participatory development and governance, civil society and social change.

Frances Fox Piven, Distinguished Professor, CUNY Graduate Center. Dr. Piven is an expert in urban politics, voting rights, and the development of the welfare state. Dr. Piven is one of the foremost political sociologists in the country, having written influential work on protest, the welfare state, and voting. Dr. Piven is also a past-president of the American Sociological Association. She is cofounder of Human SERVE (Service Employees Registration and Voter Education), an organization that worked to increase voter registration among underrepresented and low-income populations.

Erik Olin Wright, Vilas Distinguished Professor of Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Wright is the President Elect of the American Sociological Association and series editor of the Real Utopias Project. The Real Utopias Project focuses on egalitarian change through the fundamental redesign of basic social and economic institutions.


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