What are Universities For? (Anglais) Broché – 23 février 2012
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Collini is astute, analytical, and often killingly funny (Bevis Hillier Daily Telegraph)
Collini is that rare bird, a don who can be read with pleasure (Michael Barber Tablet, Books of the Year)
One of Britain's finest essayists and writers (Ronan McDonald The Times Higher Education Supplement)
[A] timely lecture for the coalition of dunces ... this is a closely argued defence (Independent on Sunday)
The book is a bit like some university courses. It is erudite, well argued, carefully researched, a fine addition to the debate about the purpose of university education (Scotsman)
[Collini is] stern and splendid in his brief history of the hot debate on useful versus useless knowledge (Fred Inglis Times Higher Education)
It is extremely well written: Collini's prose is lively, well-reasoned and persuasive. The book is a refreshing example of a faculty member engaging with the wider issues of higher education rather than perceiving them through the narrow prism of his own discipline ... a valuable, timely contribution to the discourse (Gerry Wrixon Irish Examiner)
A critique both pointed and witty (Howard Newby Independent)
Collini writes beautifully (Chris Patten Financial Times)
Collini puts his finger on the nub of the problem facing universities. Collini's book is a must-read (AC Grayling Literary Review)
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Between 1989 and 1997 the Labour government cut university funding per student by 36 per cent. In 1998 the Labour government introduced student fees and cut maintenance grants.
The Browne Report of 2010 and the White Paper of 2011 are the only two major policy documents on higher education in the last 50 years which did not call higher education a public good. The government wants us to think of university education as an investment in `personal capital' for private gain.
This increase in interest and conversation is exciting and important. An old and venerable institution is changing and it really needs to be done right. But, before we can answer that questions, we need to make sure to pose the question properly and that is what Collini is trying to provide the background for.
In addition Collini is a great author.