'Being restructured': A student's perspective

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Writing about a university restructure that was traumatic for both staff and the students who experienced it, I use a 'critical incident' (Tripp 1994) to identify the contradictions between what we are told and what we experience. A member of management has said that staff whose research areas are broadly concerned with social justice have 'shown no leadership, done nothing worthwhile and are not bringing in money'. I use this as a focus as I 'speak back' in defence of education that does not fit the neoliberal mould. I seek to uncover interests in the way leadership and worth are defined with a focus on what sort of leadership and worth has nurtured my own academic journey. Underlining my work is an assertion that higher education belongs to students, academics and the public.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)42-47
Number of pages6
JournalSocial Alternatives
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • restructure
  • university restructure
  • critical incident
  • neoliberal
  • neoliberalism
  • neoliberal education
  • leadership


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