What Were Once Vices are Now Habits: Academic Work in the Neo-Corporate University

Professorial Inaugural Lecture

Professor David Balsamo

Link to What Were Once Vices are Now Habits: Academic Work in the Neo-Corporate University event
Tuesday, 14th May, 2019
18:30 - 20:00
Beswick Lecture Theatre, Parkgate Road Campus, Chester, CH1 4BJ
It is a truism that higher education evolves. However, currently, the UK sector appears to be facing changes that will significantly alter not only the operational structure, but the value base of the very enterprise of tertiary education. Whilst much has been written about living in ‘turbulent times’ there has been much less said about how academic work is
affected by, or effects, change. This lecture draws on empirical work examining the management of teaching and research in different types of English universities. The concept of ‘hybridisation’ is developed to understand the emergence of management methodologies that are aimed at securing control and coordination in an environment
characterised by diminished resources and increased competition. It is argued that competition is a particular characteristic of neoliberal governance. Finally, the consequences and contradictions established by the emergence of the neo-corporate university are interrogated and contextualised in relation to contemporary policy. Whilst unapologetically influenced by sociological insight, the lecture is also appropriately reflective of personal experience in the sector.
Tea and coffee will be served before the lecture and a complimentary drink will be available afterwards. Tickets are free but mkust be booked by emailing events@chester.ac.uk