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ERIC Number: EJ1157050
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0818-8068
Academic Identities in the Managed University: Neoliberalism and Resistance at Newcastle University, UK
Morrish, Liz
Australian Universities' Review, v59 n2 p23-35 2017
In an era of neoliberal reforms, academics in UK universities have become increasingly enmeshed in audit, particularly of research "outputs." Using the data of performance management and training documents, this paper firstly offers an analysis of the role of discourse in redefining the meaning of research, and in colonising a new kind of entrepreneurial, corporate academic. In the second part of the paper, we narrate a case study of resistance to management by metrics. In 2015, Newcastle University managers introduced a new set of research "expectations" known as "Raising the Bar," which the academic body were able to act collectively to resist. The collective refused the imposition of individual targets and refused to subordinate academic values to financial ones. There was a successful negotiation with management, and in July 2016, Raising the Bar was rescinded in favour of collegial action to work towards research improvement. [This article was written with the assistance of The Analogue University Writing Collective.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Newcastle upon Tyne)
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