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“British Higher Education: “Exceptionalism” in face of the Bologna Process?”

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Pritchard, Rosalind (2012) “British Higher Education: “Exceptionalism” in face of the Bologna Process?”. Beiträge zur Hochschulforschung, 34 (1). pp. 8-25. [Journal article]

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Abstract

The purpose of the paper is to examine the extent to which the United Kingdom higher education system diverges from the other countries in the European Higher Education Area. It concludes that the fees and the sometimes ruthless stratagems to reduce costs are what really set the UK apart from other European countries. It is true that other countries have also imposed draconian cuts on their universities, but the British state is now refusing to finance non-STEM subjects at all, and English higher education has become the most expensive in Europe. In this respect, the country has gone its own way regardless of any disapproval that may be forthcoming from across the Channel or from the OECD. Three main reasons are suggested why this is so: the early, profound and bipartisan impact of Thatcherism, policy emulation of the United States and Europhobia.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Bologna Process; British higher education
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute for Research in Social Sciences
Institute for Research in Social Sciences > Education
ID Code:22372
Deposited By:Professor Rosalind Pritchard
Deposited On:31 May 2012 13:51
Last Modified:31 May 2012 13:51

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