Shaping for Mediocrity

Shaping for Mediocrity

An insider account of the struggle for the soul of the university.

Shaping for Mediocrity

An insider account of the struggle for the soul of the university.

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Aug 30, 2024
978-1-80341-796-7

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David Harvie
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Civil rights, Philosophy, theory & social aspects, Political advocacy

Synopsis

In 2021, as part of a programme called Shaping for Excellence, bosses at the University of Leicester made redundant numerous scholars in what was simultaneously an attack on academic freedom and trade union organisation. The authors of Shaping for Mediocrity not only had front-row seats in the campaign against these mass redundancies, they were in the ring - both as targeted employees and as trade union officers and negotiators. Shaping for Mediocrity tells the inside story of these attacks and the campaign against them. It situates this story within a longer history of struggle to make the university a place where critical thinking is possible, showing how events in Leicester are both reflective of higher education in the UK following four decades of neoliberal 'reform' and a particularly egregious instance of the increasingly authoritarian management of public institutions such as universities.

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