Press Release: Student Experience Report – Coming Next Week!


In April 2022, The Council for the Defence of British Universities invited applications to undertake research into any aspect of higher education in the UK, including governance, policy, curricula developments, and staff and student welfare and wellbeing. Funding was awarded to three projects.

We are pleased to announce that we will publish the results of one of these projects next week.  ‘Satisfied Customers?: Interrogating “the student experience” in the neoliberal university’, by Professor Leo McCann (University of York) explores UK students’ perspectives on the marketized university.  The research found that UK university students are largely enthusiastic about the content and quality of their degrees, but have grave concerns about the increasingly commercialized ways in which universities are run and managed.

The report will be sent to CDBU subscribers and made available to read and download on the CDBU blog on 15.02.24 . Please forward any requests for media coverage to the CDBU Press Office using the information below.




Notes to editors:

The CDBU was founded in 2012 by a wide range of concerned academics and public figures to campaign for the independence of UK universities and to resist the creeping marketisation of higher education. For more information, please contact Press Officer Becca Bashford at