Research Repository

University as the producer of knowledge, and economic and societal value: the 20th and twenty-first century transformations of the UK higher education system

Soysal, Yasemin Nuhoḡlu and Baltaru, Roxana-Diana (2021) 'University as the producer of knowledge, and economic and societal value: the 20th and twenty-first century transformations of the UK higher education system.' European Journal of Higher Education. ISSN 2156-8235

[img]
Preview
Text
University as the producer of knowledge and economic and societal value the 20th and twenty first century transformations of the UK higher education.pdf - Published Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution.

Download (2MB) | Preview

Abstract

Throughout the twentieth century and the first decades of the twenty-first century, the UK higher education went through significant changes. We identify three epochs, through which the institutional logic and purpose of university were redefined: an elite reconfiguration before the 1950s; a democratic reconfiguration from the 1960s on; and an economic and societal reconfiguration in the context of globalization since the late 1990s. Each epoch carried certain tensions in them, which have shaped the current contours of the UK higher education field. Particularly since the 1990s however UK higher education is exposed to increasingly elaborate, and at times contradictory, rules and expectations which are shaped not only nationally and transnationally. In order to analyse how these pressures play themselves out in the purpose and mandate of universities, we apply topic modelling analysis and textual interpretation to the university webpages. Our analysis shows that the UK higher education embeds three institutional logics, knowledge production, economic value, and global actorhood, which are linked with the broader transformations of the university toward proactive and societally engaged rational organization.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: University; institutional logics; globalization; web-data mining; text analysis; UK higher education
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2021 08:22
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2021 08:22
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/30686

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item