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Oxford, Cambridge, and the changing idea of the university: The challenge to donnish domination

Tapper, T., Salter, B. (1992) Oxford, Cambridge, and the changing idea of the university: The challenge to donnish domination. Society for Research into Higher Education . Open University Press/ The Society for Research into Higher Education, 256 pp. ISBN 978-0-335-15694-8. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

This examines the changing model of the university as represented by Oxford and Cambridge. It is the first in-depth study of the two universities since Rose and Ziman's "Camford Observed" (1964). While British universities have developed different structures and procedures it is also true that they have many of the same values and many of these core values have been influenced by the Oxbridge model. In particular, the traditions of university autonomy and donnish domination of the affairs of universities have permeated British higher education. What has changed radically in the last 25 years is the political environment of higher education. State and society are more sceptical of the demands of the universities, less sympathetic to the virtues of university autonomy, and more insistent that they respond to the needs of society. How has Oxbridge interacted with this changing environment? The authors argue that the two universities have proved adept at responding to the pressures for change but, while they will continue to remain Britain's most prestitigious universities, their wider influence upon the system of higher education is in terminal decline.

Item Type: Book
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Depositing User: Tony Rees
Date Deposited: 02 May 2014 15:37 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 12:33 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/40957 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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