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    Mass higher education under the microscope: an analysis of the department of History, Classics and Archaeology at Birkbeck, University of London, 1963-2003

    Matfin, Jonathan Edward Joseph (2023) Mass higher education under the microscope: an analysis of the department of History, Classics and Archaeology at Birkbeck, University of London, 1963-2003. PhD thesis, Birkbeck, University of London.

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    Abstract

    The publication of the 1963 Robbins Report marked the start of a seismic shift in British higher education – from an elite system to mass participation. Over the next forty years, the provision of university places was massively expanded; targets for increases to student admissions were exceeded. This unprecedented expansion was not just a matter of numbers, however. Social demand for more degrees was set against shifting economic and political realities. As a result, the period also saw a drastic recasting of relations between higher education institutions and the state. For universities, this meant major changes to funding and scrutiny, including drives towards managerialism and marketisation, which had profound impacts. This thesis presents new perspectives on this historic period for British higher education by radically reducing the scale of its research, to a single department in a single institution: History, Classics and Archaeology at Birkbeck, University of London. Through in-depth analyses of archive files held by the college, plus original oral history interviews with past and present HCA staff and students, it establishes the reality ‘on the ground’ for academics in the post-Robbins era. Vitally, however, this work is not only concerned with what the ‘macro’ – mass higher education expansion – meant for the ‘micro’ – daily departmental life. Critically, it also considers what its ‘microscopic’ findings might mean for historical understandings of the bigger picture.

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    Item Type: Thesis
    Copyright Holders: The copyright of this thesis rests with the author, who asserts his/her right to be known as such according to the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988. No dealing with the thesis contrary to the copyright or moral rights of the author is permitted.
    Depositing User: Acquisitions And Metadata
    Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2023 15:22
    Last Modified: 17 Nov 2023 15:36
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/52477
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.18743/PUB.00052477

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