Why schools are not like businesses (and how governors can protect them for learning)

In November 2014, school governors across England received news about a new campaign – ‘Make Schools Your Business’ – to place more people with business skills on governing bodies. It is one of a number of campaigns being run by the government and nongovernmental organisations to promote the idea that people with a variety of […]

‘For feminist consciousness in the academy’

‘For feminist consciousness in the academy’ My new piece in a special issue of Politics and Culture, Materialist Feminisms against Neoliberalism. ‘Ironically, it may be precisely because critical feminist epistemologies are presently so illegible within neoliberal rationality that they offer some of the most fruitful resources of resistance, particularly in clarifying the forms of gender power […]

Higher Education for a Democratic Society (Part I)

Report from Future U: Creating the Universities We Want A conference of the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations 27–28 February 2014 #futureu In England, there is considerable imagination of – or more often fantasising about – the sorts of universities academics and students want for this and future generations; what role higher education might […]

Democratic university governance

Universities for a Democratic Society (Part IV) Report from Future U: Creating the Universities We Want A conference of the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations 27–28 February 2014   ‘When we consider the future of academic governance, I think it benefits us all to see it as a means to a larger and higher […]

‘Working conditions are learning conditions’

Higher Education for a Democratic Society (Part III) Report from Future U: Creating the Universities We Want A conference of the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations 27–28 February 2014 Casualties of corporatisation   ‘Of late we can observe distinctly that the German universities in the broad fields of science develop in the direction of […]