Universities and “accountability”: Lessons from the UK experience (podcast)

Universities must be ‘accountable’ to society. This proposition is endlessly repeated in contemporary debates about higher education. But what does ‘accountability’ mean, and by what measures can an appropriate form of accountability be ensured?

This is the pod­cast ver­sion of a Forum for sci­ence and democ­ra­cy lec­ture from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Bergen. The lec­ture was held by Ste­fan Colli­ni on April 6, 2017 at Egget, the stu­dent cen­tre in Bergen.

Introduction: New demands on universities

The Unit­ed King­dom has in recent years imposed a series of new demands on uni­ver­si­ties under the ‘account­abil­i­ty’ head­ing, and this lec­ture exam­ines the char­ac­ter of these demands and warns of some of the dam­ag­ing or counter-pro­duc­tive effects which can be pro­duced when such mea­sures take a mis­con­ceived man­age­ri­al­ist form.

Ste­fan Colli­ni is Pro­fes­sor Emer­i­tus of Intel­lec­tu­al His­to­ry and Eng­lish Lit­er­a­ture at Cam­bridge Uni­ver­si­ty. His recent books include Absent Minds: Intel­lec­tu­als in Britain (2006); Com­mon Read­ing: Crit­ics, His­to­ri­ans, Publics (2008); and Com­mon Writ­ing: Essays on Lit­er­ary Cul­ture and Pub­lic Debate (2016).

Pro­fes­sor Ste­fan Colli­ni. (Pho­to: Uni­ver­si­ty of Cambridge)

In recent years he has also been an influ­en­tial voice in debates over the char­ac­ter of high­er edu­ca­tion, notably with What Are Uni­ver­si­ties For? (2012) and Speak­ing of Uni­ver­si­ties (2017).

He is a Fel­low of the British Acad­e­my and of the Roy­al His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety, and a fre­quent con­trib­u­tor to The Lon­don Review of Books, The Times Lit­er­ary Sup­ple­ment, The Guardian, The Nation, and oth­er periodicals.

Dette er pod­kastver­sjo­nen av et fore­drag i Forum for viten­skap og demokrati ved Uni­ver­sitetet i Bergen. Fore­draget ble holdt av Ste­fan Colli­ni 6. april 2017 i Egget, Stu­dentsen­teret i Bergen. Fore­draget og intro­duk­sjo­nen er på engelsk.

Pod­cas­ten er pro­dusert av Ing­jald Pil­skog, post­dok­tor ved Uni Research Kli­ma. Ans­varlig for fore­lesnin­gen er Anders Johansen ved Insti­tutt for infor­masjons- og medievitenskap.







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