Guardian UK: Live Q & A, Should the higher education sector regard students as consumers? [September 20, 2011]

I participated in another Guardian UK online panel, this time on a topic I’ve thought about a fair bit (student consumerism). The online discussion is available at this link.

The “best bits” of the discussion were summarised and re-published in a Guardian article here (Thursday, November 10th).

Speculative Diction: Market Fail – UK attempts at marketisation bring a cascade of trouble [May 7, 2011]

I wrote this post about the ongoing attempts to reconfigure the higher education “sector” in England. This involved a significant increase to the tuition cap, as well as reductions to funding for teaching in some subject areas. I argue that to treat universities like regular products in a market is to ignore some specific institutional and organizational differences that make universities (and students) “act” differently in this context.