Professor Ron Barnett

    • AcSocSc, DLit, PhD, MPhil, BA, PGCE, DipEd, FSRHE, FHEA
    • Emeritus Professor of Higher Education
    • Consultant
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  • Overview:
    • 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

      Consultancy
      I also work as a consultant and my work has taken me to the West Indies, India and Austria as well as clients across the UK. Recently, I have acted for the Higher Education Authority as the academic lead for a major programme of work, leading to a report of mine, (2014) 'Conditions of Flexibility: Securing a More Responsive Higher Education System'. You are welcome to contact me directly: please see my contact details above.
  • Research:
    • My work consists of scholarly research into the nature of the contemporary university and higher education. Perhaps the central question in front of me over the past three decades is this: 'What is a university? How have we understood the idea of the university and what feasible, if utopian, ideas are available for the university of the twenty-first century?'
Professor Ron Barnett

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