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The governance and management of Higher Education in 'mature' Higher Education systems: the United Kingdom

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Open Research Online The Open University’s repository of research publications and other research outputs The governance and management of Higher Education in ’mature’ Higher Education systems: the United King- dom Conference Item How to cite: Locke, William and Bennion, Alice (2008). The governance and management of Higher Education in ’mature’ Higher Education systems: the United Kingdom. In: Symposium, Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) Annual Conference, 5-8 November 2008, Jacksonville, Florida, USA. For guidance on citations see FAQs. c© [not recorded] Version: [not recorded] Link(s) to article on publisher’s website: http://www.ed.psu.edu/educ/cshe/Presentations/2008%20ASHE Copyright and Moral Rights for the articles on this site are retained by the individual authors and/or other copy- right owners. For more information on Open Research Online’s data policy on reuse of materials please consult the policies page. oro.open.ac.uk 1 United Kingdom William Locke and Alice Bennion, Centre for Higher Education Research and Information (CHERI), The Open University, UK 1. Introduction The UK academic profession is differentiated along a series of interlocking lines; key among them institutional type, job status (grade and full- or part-time), discipline, age, gender, ethnicity and nationality (Brennan, Locke & Naidoo, 2007). So the conditions and experience of a professor of science at a research-intensive university is quite different to that of a part-time humanities lecturer on a fixed-term, teaching-only contract at an ex-polytechnic (Post-1992 university) or college of higher education. But there have been transformations in governance and management of higher education in the last decade and a half that are common to all 169 institutions in the four nations of the UK, including: increased accountability and measurement of performance, management principles derived from the private sector, corporate-style governance arra

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