Universities in the UK are under threat.

A series of reforms has made universities more like businesses, subject to market forces.

We believe that these changes to the way universities operate and are governed pose a risk to a university’s central function, which is to gather knowledge, free from interference, and to educate people in the skills they need to think critically and independently.

We believe that it’s time to fight back. At the heart of our campaign is a desire to resist the marketisation of higher education. Marketisation takes many forms – below are three areas where we believe it has been especially pernicious. 

CDBU Position Paper on Academic Freedom

This short paper articulates the nature and importance of academic freedom as a public good and highlights the contemporary challenges it faces. In the light of recent national discussions, it also sets out suggestions for protecting academic freedom, including a model ordinance that individual institutions might adopt to assert institutional autonomy in upholding this essential principle.

University Governance: Views from the Inside

“University Governance: Views from the Inside”, by Professor Steven Jones (PI) and Dr Diane Harris, explores the inner workings of university governance through a series of interviews with current and former members of university governing bodies in England from 41 different institutions. The project was funded by the CDBU. 

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Satisfied Customers? Interrogating the “student experience” in the neoliberal university

‘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 project was funded by the CDBU. 

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Read CDBU's position paper on Academic Freedom

This short paper articulates the nature and importance of academic freedom as a public good and highlights the contemporary challenges it faces. In the light of recent national discussions, it also sets out suggestions for protecting academic freedom, including a model ordinance that individual institutions might adopt to assert institutional autonomy in upholding this essential principle.