Earlier this month, the European Court of Justice decided that the Hungarian government breached the WTO and EU law on academia and the freedom to […]
“Changing a university is like moving a graveyard”: a history of an analogy
If you are not entirely new to higher education research, policy, or practice, chances are you have come across the quote from the title, possibly more than once. But where does it come from?
Searching for an ideal university? “Keep, drop, create”
We often criticise universities, but do we ever pause to think what an ideal one would look like? Earlier this month we had a rare opportunity as doctoral students to participate in a “search conference” together with around 30 other higher education scholars. […]
Learning from heterodox higher education institutions
Dr Catherine N. Butcher recently defended her PhD, titled “Heterodox forms of university ownership, governance, financing and organisational structure”, which is based on case-studies of four alternative higher education institutions in Europe, Asia, […]
Protected by their shields? Why are UK universities increasingly adopting coats of arms as their logos?
In what is now a classic paper, Paul DiMaggio and Walter Powell (1983) explained that companies/firms in any given field (loosely speaking, an industry) often resemble each other after a time. They described how the process […]