University finances

News University finances: updateOn 11 July, David Willetts, minister for universities and science, confirmed a new ‘operating framework’ for higher education in England. This pulled together the results of various consultations and the work done by the ‘Regulatory Partnership Group’ to set out regulatory arrangements through to 2015.1 A week earlier, Willetts had written to […]

Looting the university

The recent campaign at the University of Sussex against the outsourcing of 235 non-academic jobs has confronted certain organizational and ideological limitations of the struggles in higher education so far. It constitutes an escalation of the anti-privatization movement in the UK. Porters, security, catering, maintenance, and other non-academic staff at the university face their employment […]

Subscriber Offer on The Great University Gamble

Radical Philosophy and independent progressive publisher Pluto Press are happy to offer a promotional discount to all our Full subscribers for The Great University Gamble by Andrew McGettigan. Andrew has been a regular contributor to Radical Philosophy, writing in recent issues on the changes to Higher Education in England and Wales. To celebrate the launch of Andrew’s […]

Who let the dogs out?

Universities Who let the dogs out? The privatization of higher education Andrew mcgettigan In April last year, I framed my article on ‘New Providers’ in relation to the delay surrounding the publication of the government’s White Paper for Higher Education (HE). That was caused by a combination of factors, but chiefly the need to fix […]

The Right To Protest

News The right to protestAs Quebec erupts over plans to increase tuition fees by the equivalent of £200, and twelve people (including Professor Joshua Clover) who protested against a campus bank at University of California–Davis begin a trial that could see them imprisoned for eleven years and fined $1 million each, what of the scores […]

Pirate Radical Philosophy

Comment Pirate Radical Philosophy Gary hall Pirate … from the Latin pirata (-ae; pirate)… transliteration of the Greek piratis (pirate; πειρατής) from the verb pirao (make an attempt, try, test, get experience, endeavour, attack; πειράω). … In modern Greek… piragma: teasing [πείραγμα] … pirazo: tease, give trouble [πειράζω].1 Much has been written about the ‘crisis […]

Of course… however

Michael Bailey and Des Freedman, eds, The Assault on Universities: A Manifesto for Resistance, Pluto Press, London, 2011. 200 pp., £14.99 pb., 978 0 74533 191 1. Matthew Charles The conceptual poles that orient the collection of essays edited by Des Freedman and Michael Bailey in The Assault on Universities are, on the one hand, […]

Student problems (1964)

Dossier Thealthusser–Rancière Controversy Introduction to Althusser’s ‘Student Problems’ Warren montag For those familiar with Louis Althusser’s published work, reading his relatively early essay entitled ‘Student Problems’ may be a surprising and even disconcerting experience. Part of the surprise lies in the fact that the essay exists at all. Although it was published in Nouvelle Critique […]

Devolving public universities

Universities Devolving public universities Lessons from America Christopher newfield It is easy enough to be fatalistic about the current funding situation in higher education. US public universities have locked themselves into a model that has led to the slashing of public funding off and on for thirty years and that has been forcing public universities […]

Architectural Deleuzism

Architectural Deleuzism Neoliberal space, control and the ‘univer‑city’ Douglas spencer For many thinkers of the spatiality of contemporary capitalism, the production of all social space tends now to converge upon a single organizational paradigm designed to generate and service mobility, connectivity and flexibility. Networked, landscaped, borderless and reprogrammable, this is a space that functions, within […]

Eduction for Industry

that needs to be put into question. For Althusser only repeats in Spinozist form the operation which is common to all epistemological theories of demarcation of science from other kinds of theoretical discourse. That is, to attempt to provide a philosophical justification for a particular social selection and hierarchical distribution of theoretical discourses, a certain […]

Thought and Action in the Huntingdon Affair

ana Action ‘in the Huntinglon Affair I’nedom of Speech and Acaclamlc ….eedom Thought RoyEdgley ,. In Summer 1973 a group of students at Sussex University prevented Samuel P. Huntington, an American professor, from giving an academic lecture (see centre pages of RP7). They objected to his having played the par~f a ~new mandarin~ in the […]

The examined life is not worth living

The examined life is nol worlhliving George Molnar The sort of tests which involve graded assessment of students for purposes of certification, I’ll call examinations. Examinations characteristically, though not invariably, issue in little or no feedback on the details of the performance to the student. For purposes of present discussion I shall not in general […]

The Huntingdon File

Y~~————————————————————————————————————- The Huntington File In June 1973, Samuel Huntington, Professor of Government at Hc.rvard University, former consultant to the Secretary of Defense, and distinguished advocate of ‘forced draft urbanisation’ (concentration camps) in Vietnam, came to Sussex University to give a lecture and a seminar. As a result of a demonstration organised by the Sussex Indochina […]

Searle’s Idea of a University

••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• SEARLE’S IDEA OF A UNIVERSITY ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Colwyn W’illiamson The following remarks are about the nature of universities and their supposed political neutrality, about relations between students and teachers, and about the notion of the ‘academic’. To gain a foothold in the problems arising from these topics, I will focus attention on a book written […]

Professional Philosophers

PROFESSionAL PHILOSOPHERS Janathan Ree ****************************************************************************** People who don’t know anything about philosophy courses are likely to be astonished and dismayed by their effects. The main thing they will notice is that the philosophy student acquires a very mannered way of speaking and a knack of shrugging off serious ideas with half frivolous complaints about the […]

Examinations and Academic Illiteracy; Philosophy and the World

Now it does seem to me that Norman does trade on this “rationalist” view in his discussion of Tolstoy. For he does say “Andrew’s ‘discovery’ is in each case”‘the acquisition of an enlarged and clearer view of human nature and of man’s relation to the world” (p.9) “The ‘way of seeing the world’ (the “religious […]

Who are my peers?

2 Commentary Who are my peers? The Research Assessment Exercise in Philosophy Sean sayers British universities have just gone through their third Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). The ʻresearch outputʼ (i.e. publications) of every participating department has been graded by panels of ʻexpertsʼ on a seven-point scale. The purpose of this massive operation is to provide […]

Women philosophers and the RAE

News Women philosophers and the RAEThe Society for Women in Philosophy (SWIP) is an organization which attempts to reflect and represent the views and interests of women working in all fields and all traditions of philosophical inquiry. It also supports the publication of the Womenʼs Philosophy Review, which provides the only British forum for the […]