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Reshaping the UniversityThe Rise of the Regulated Market in Higher Education$
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David Palfreyman and Ted Tapper

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199659821

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199659821.001.0001

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The HE Industry

The HE Industry

Speaking with More Than One Voice

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(p.191) 9 The HE Industry
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Reshaping the University
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David Palfreyman

Ted Tapper

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199659821.003.0009

The institutional diversity of English higher education has given rise to, and in turn helped to intensify, a more open and pluralist politics of higher education in England. The first empirical section of the chapter analyses Universities UK (UUK) because it can be described as the main body claiming to represent the interests of the higher education sector as a whole. It then examines what it describes as ‘the mission groups’: GuildHE, Russell Group, 1994 Group, Million+, and the University Alliance. The endeavour is to present profiles of these groups and analyse their policy positions with respect to four key issues: research funding, the regulation of higher education, the widening of access, and the introduction of variable student fees. It evaluates their relative political effectiveness and posits the question as to whether their purpose is more to define their institutional identifies rather than to influence the direction of policy.

Keywords:   pluralism, mission groups, interests, policy positions, institutional self-identity, unity, conflict, consensus, overlapping identities

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