British Universities in the Brexit Moment: Political, Economic and Cultural Implications

Mike Finn
University of Exeter, UK

Product Details
10 Jan 2018
Emerald Publishing Limited
216 pages - 129 x 198mm
Great Debates in Higher Education


This timely book provides an invaluable analysis of the impact the Brexit decision has had, and will have, on Britain’s universities. International by nature, British universities draw their students and staff from across the global community. Britain is a major beneficiary of EU-sponsored research funding through the Horizon 2020 scheme and partnerships as part of the European Research Area. Britain’s universities have world-leading reputations, with the UK sector second only to the United States in international prestige. Brexit has – already – affected this, with a drop in student recruitment from abroad and an increase in EU academics electing to leave the British university system. 

British Universities in the Brexit Moment offers the first book-length treatment of these issues. It situates the ‘Brexit question’ in the context of prevailing developments in UK higher education such as marketization and provides an indispensable guide to the material impacts of Brexit on Britain’s universities.
1. Introduction - Brexit and the universities
PART I: The impact(s) of Brexit 
2. Staff and students 
3. Research and funding 
PART II: The implications of Brexit 
4. Universities and society in modern Britain 
PART III: Conclusions 
5. The political economy of higher education in Brexit Britain
Mike Finn is Director of Liberal Arts and Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Exeter. A past recipient of the Times Higher Education Humanities and Social Sciences Writing Prize, he is a contemporary historian with an interest in education policy. His previous books include The Gove Legacy: Education in Britain After the Coalition (2015). In 2014 he founded the Centre for Education Policy Analysis at Liverpool Hope University, and he has also worked as political adviser and speechwriter in Westminster.
Mike Finn has written a useful and timely book and one hopes that it will be widely read across the sector, and especially in vice-chancellors’ offices. - Roger Brown, Former vice-chancellor of Southampton Solent University - THE

Accessible and passionately argued… The value of Finn’s approach is that it goes beyond the short-term material damage posed by Brexit… Rather, Brexit becomes representative of much deeper problems surrounding the mission of British universities and their conflicting roles as civic, national and global institutions. The howl of the Brexit vote becomes a symptom of a longterm decline in social cohesiveness and equality of opportunity that universities have been unwilling or unable to ameliorate.

Philip Taylor in Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education

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