Professor Ron Barnett

    • AcSocSc, DLit, PhD, MPhil, BA, PGCE, DipEd, FSRHE, FHEA
    • Emeritus Professor of Higher Education
    • Consultant
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  • Summary:
    • I have a particular interest in the theory and conceptualisation of higher education and for the last thirty years, I have been trying to develop a social philosophy of the university. I have also been trying to offer conceptual resources that might help universities to realise their potential for personal and social wellbeing.

      Issues that I have tackled include:
      • The idea of higher education in the twenty-first century
      • Knowledge and the university
      • Professional education
      • Quality matters
      • Being a student
      • Reshaping the curriculum
      • The relationship between research and teaching
      • Academic identity
      • Being a university

      Currently, I am working on a book that is examining the place of the imagination in developing our ideas of the university.

      I also work as a consultant, and my work in that capacity has recently taken me to India and to Austria, conducting evaluations of university activities.
  • Teaching:
    • MBA Higher Education Management – member of course team, teaching especially on modules on institutional strategy and on the management of teaching and learning
  • Research:
    • What forms has the idea of the university taken and what feasible, if utopian, ideas are available for the university of the twenty-first century?
  • Professional Activities:
    • My other activities include:
      • Senior Fellow, Department of Education, University of Oxford
      • External examining of doctorate theses
      • Evaluations for publishers of book proposals

      I am also currently a member of:
      • Audit and Quality Standards Committee, Institute of Advanced Study, University of London
      • Research and Scholarship Committee, St Mary's University College, Twickenham
  • Conferences/presentations:
    • 2010
      • Charles Sturt University, Keynote lecture, 'Towards an Ecological Curriculum', annual teaching and learning conference
      • University of Queensland, Brisbane, 'Being a University: Future Possibilities', guest lecture.

      University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada:
      • 'Imagining the University'
      • 'Being a Graduate in the Twenty-first Century'

      Mexico City, Mexico:
      • 'Being a Student in an Age of Uncertainty: managing, developing and educating horizons of learning', International Conference on Youth, Generational Change and Social Networking, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)

      University of Valparaiso, Chile:
      • Invited talk: 'Marketised Universities in the Twenty-First Century: Are Feasible Utopias Still Possible?'
        Invited workshop: 'Horizons of Learning'

    • Personal Country Knowledge:
      • I have been a guest speaker in over 30 countries across the world, and have visited some countries several times (including China, Australia, New Zealand, Finland, Sweden and Japan)
    • Media Appearances:
      • I am happy to talk to the media.
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  • Barnett, R (2012) 'The Coming of the Ecological University', Oxford Review of Education 37 (4) , 439-455.
  • Barnett, R. (2012) 'Towards an Ecological Professionalism' in C. Sugrue and T. Dyrdal Solbrekke (eds.) , Professional Responsibility: New Horizons of Praxis. Abingdon (Routledge).
  • Barnett, R. (Editor) (2012) The Future University: Ideas and Possibilities. London (Routledge).
  • Barnett, R. (2011) Being a University. Routledge.
  • Barnett, R. (2011) 'Learning about Learning: a conundrum and a possible resolution', London Review of Education 9 (1), 5-13.
  • Barnett, R. (2010) 'Knowing and Becoming in the Higher Education Curriculum', Studies in Higher Education 34 (4), 429-440.
  • Barnett, R. (2010) 'Marketised University: defending the indefensible' Molesworth, M., Nixon, L. and Scullion, R. (eds), The Marketisation of Higher Education and the Student as Consumer. London: Routledge.
  • Barnett, R. (2009) 'Knowledge Interests and Knowledge Policies: Re-thinking the University in the Twenty-First Century' Rethinking the University after Bologna: New Concepts and Practices beyond Tradition and the Market. Antwerp: Universitair Centrum Sint-Ignatius Antwerpen.
  • Maxwell, N. and Barnett, R. (Eds) (2009) Wisdom in the University (paperback reissue). Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Barnett, R. (2007) A Will to Learn: Being a Student in an Age of Uncertainty. Maidenhead: McGraw-Hill/ Open University Press.
  • Full list of publications - download as a pdf