In this webinar series, hosted by Dr Luz Longsworth, The University of the West Indies and Dr Dan Davies, University of Bath, leading academics from the International Centre for Higher Education Management will be exploring key issues in higher education management.
The events are open to all and will be of particular relevance to those working in higher education management.
The one-hour webinars will take place on Zoom. Speakers will give a 30-45 minute presentation, followed by 15 minutes of moderated Q&A. Questions will be selected by the moderator from those submitted via Zoom chat.
Internationalisation, Globalisation and the Rise of the Emerging Global Model of the Research University
- Wednesday 18 November 2pm GMT / 9am JA time / 10am EC time
- Dr Ludovic Highman, University of Bath, International Centre for Higher Education Management
Globalisation has enabled the spread of neo-liberal policies, including the narrative for greater marketisation of higher education and increased competition between higher education institutions, who strive for the same resources. Global university rankings are both a cause and a symptom of such a narrative. Universities have acquired an unprecedented centrality in the knowledge-based world of the 21st century, and as such are under increased (and sometimes overwhelming) public scrutiny, leading to an academic arms race fought at both national and institutional levels, to create so called ‘world class universities’, with policy implications for governments, higher education systems and institutions themselves.
Enhancing Teaching in Higher Education: the Role of Cultural Capital
- Wednesday 2 December 2pm GMT / 9am JA time/ 10am EC time
- Prof Rajani Naidoo, University of Bath, International Centre for Higher Education Management
Pierre Bourdieu, a French sociologist, developed the idea of cultural capital to explain why universities proclaim equal opportunities for all and yet poor and disadvantaged students continue to be unsuccessful. His research indicated that the culture that is implicitly valued in higher education is very close to the most powerful groups in society. Students from such groups therefore enter higher education with a significant advantage; while for academically talented students from disadvantaged groups, universities remain alien places that are difficult to negotiate. This presentation focusses on the importance of understanding how cultural capital works in our universities; and how we as lecturers and managers can use such insights to enhance learning and teaching in higher education and the student experience.