What is the role of a university in society? In this innovative book, Chris Brink offers the timely reminder that it should have social purpose, as well as achieve academic excellence.
The current obsession with rankings and league tables has altered our idea of higher education. This focus on status has perpetuated inequality and is preventing social mobility.
How can we re-establish universities’ societal purpose? The solution lies with going back to two key questions: not only ‘what are we good at?’, but also ‘what are we good for?’.
Drawing on the ideas of Plato and Aristotle and featuring historical and academic vignettes, this book shows how universities can – and should - respond to societal challenges and promote positive social change.
Professor Chris Brink served as Vice-Chancellor of Newcastle University from 2007 till 2016. Prior to this he was Vice-Chancellor of Stellenbosch University in South Africa, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of Wollongong in Australia, and Head of Mathematics at the University of Cape Town. A distinguished academic, with wide experience of issues of equality and diversity, and a member of numerous boards, including the Russell Group and the National Equality Challenge Unit, Professor Brink is known as a champion of the idea of a civic university.
1.The Standard Model University;
2. Rankings and League Tables;
3. Quality in Higher Education;
4. Tales of Quality, Equality and Diversity;
5. Rank Order of Worth;
6. Linear Thinking;
7. Another Dimension;
8. Ideas of a World-class Civic University.