As another wave of student protests spread across the country, and universities together with police clamp down on student movements, Andrew McGettigan’s The Great University Gamble (Pluto, 2013) becomes an increasingly important tool for understanding exactly what is happening and what is being fought for on university campuses in the UK. In Brenna Bhandar’s LRB blog, ‘A Right to the University’ she calls attention to McGettigan’s book and his analysis of the commercial and market pressures that universities and colleges have exposed themselves to in recent years.
The idea that university managers can treat our campuses like the kinds of property normally protected by injunctions from trespass – landed estates, private houses, private corporations – is a symptom of the extent to which neoliberal ideology is now embedded in our universities, along with the political repression that inevitably accompanies privatisation.
For more analysis of the changes occurring in British Universities, see Michael Bailey and Des Freedman’s edited collection The Assault on Universities: A Manifesto for Resistance (Pluto, 2011).
Released in the wake of the 2010 anti-cuts protests that swept that country, this collection of essays, including contributions from active participants in the movement, exposes the motivation behind the government’s universities programme and provides the analytical tools with which to fight it.
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