Although higher education in the UK has expanded opportunities for much of the population, in many ways it remains stubbornly elitist.
In order to address this crisis in education, Peter Scott, a leading expert and unique voice, examines the development of mass higher education and proposes a ‘radical escape-forward’. He calls for more robust action to secure fair access at all levels and changes in the governance and management at both system and institutional levels to ensure more democratic accountability.
Setting out a clear and radical programme for reform, this book makes an important contribution to current debates in education in the context of the evolution of the UK economy and wider society.
"An eagerly awaited investigation of major debates and challenges concerning the purposes of mass higher education in the contemporary world by one of the leading scholars in the field. In elegant prose he explores complex social, cultural, economic and political interactions associated with the expansion of higher education in the UK and internationally. This important book which should be read by anyone interested in finding ways in which higher education might better realise the potential of individuals and wider society." Maria Slowey. Higher Education Research Centre, Dublin City University
"In the face of snobbery and complacency, this seminal analysis of the past, present and future of mass higher education offers an impassioned and compelling case for its transformative power." Paul Ashwin, Lancaster University
Peter Scott is (Emeritus) Professor of Higher Education at the UCL Institute of Education. He has worked as a journalist and an academic and is currently Commissioner for Fair Access for the Scottish Government. Former Vice-Chancellor of Kingston University. Peter Scott was knighted in 2007 for services to education.
A ‘General Crisis’?
‘Post-War’ and Post-Millennium
The Development of Mass Higher Education
Themes and Transformations
Higher Education today
A Further Gaze
The UK in the Twenty-First Century
What is to be done?