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Consuming higher education : why learning can't be bought by Joanna Williams

By Joanna Williams

Eating greater schooling explores the prestige of scholars in the college and society, and the investment and objective of upper schooling, drawing on empirical facts, united kingdom and united states executive coverage records, speeches by means of coverage makers and media representations of scholars. Joanna Williams strikes past the debates surrounding charges to contemplate the effect of the intake version on universities, studying, knowledge, Read more...


displays at the hyperlink among developing scholars as shoppers and the aim of upper schooling, and the results for scholar id and learning. Read more...

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Despite pressure to increase the scope and range of the HE sector, many potential new students were disappointed to encounter the same universities they had left before the outbreak of World War Two. A ‘tripartite’ secondary school system was implemented after the war as part of the Butler Act of 1944. This placed children at age eleven into a grammar, technical or secondary modern school, based upon the results of a selection test. This made the high-level academic education required for university entrance accessible to a small number of students from working-class backgrounds.

Since 1979 there has been a slow shift away from the perception of HE as a public good with its purpose either a liberal search for truth in knowledge or for knowledge to drive forward scientific and technological advance for the national economy. From 1979 it became increasingly obvious that the economy was heading for another downturn, and in Britain this year saw the election of a Conservative government 38 CONSUMING HIGHER EDUCATION and Margaret Thatcher as Prime Minister. In the early 1980s real-term financial cutbacks were planned for the HE sector in the UK, fewer places made available for students, and lecturers were made redundant.

The Robbins Report came out of a period of relative economic prosperity and social pressure to liberalise opportunities to more people in society; despite this, however, Robbins suggested that students should contribute up to 20 per cent of the cost of their university tuition fees. The economic prosperity of the early 1960s was built upon developments in industry and manufacturing. In 1963 British Prime Minister-elect Harold Wilson made a speech hailing the age of the ‘white heat of technology’.

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