Over the last fifty years or so, the size of universities and enrollment numbers have grown rapidly, and their institutional power and societal entanglements have increased as well. In the wake of this rapid growth, questions about the societal responsibility of universities and the higher education curriculum emerge. Ideally, we would hope to see universities provide a ‘buffer zone’ (Nixon, 2008) or a ‘safe zone’ (Rider, 2018) between the political interests of the state and the self-interest of individuals and the market economy. But are universities contributing to offering such a safe space? And if so, do they do it equally to all, or are they, perhaps unintentionally, only granding it to certain privileged groups?
Part 1, 14.00-16.00
Only for HEPP members
This HEPP-meeting begins with three short scene-setting perspectives from the three organisers, followed by a facilitated workshop in which participants engage in a collective thought-experiment through answering the questions: ‘What would a society without universities look like – and how would we envision their reinvention?
Part 2, 16.00-17.00
Open for all interested
The HEPP-meeting concludes with a keynote talk by Professor and Associate Vice-President David J. Hornsby, Carleton University, Canada – followed by Q&A and an open plenary discussion with the audience.
The Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science recently announced that ‘interventions are necessary to limit spending on SU (student grants) for EU students’. In 2018, such an intervention resulted in cuts to study programmes with ‘English-speaking’ students. Does this herald further cuts to English-medium higher education? The Higher Education Policy and Practice, HEPP section of DUN is convening this discussion with the aim of understanding the situation from various perspectives and to see if we can find common ground.
The reason for the Minister’s concern is a projected rise in the number of European students receiving financial student support (SU). The political parties have agreed a ceiling of DKK 449 million (2019 prices) for SU expenditure on Non-Danish students from the European Union. Currently, the expenditure is DKK 619 million and the ministry forecasts that the amount may increase to DKK 650 million by 2023. This would be DKK 201 million above the politically agreed maximum. However, it seems that this would still only be 3% of the total Danish SU expenditure (which was DKK 21,059 million in 2019).
The questions we will address include:
What would further cuts to English-language courses mean for the higher education landscape and the economy in Denmark and for the opportunities available to Danish, let alone international, students?
How do courses differ in terms of their understanding and practice of ‘internationalisation’? How to engage policy-makers in the discussions of the ‘what, why and how‘ of internationalization, rather than blanket numbers?
Is there a threat of hastily closing more well-established international programmes? What can we do to ensure least damage?
Members of the panel include Jesper Langergaard, the director of Danske Universiteter, Sandi Rizvić an international officer of Danske Studerendes Fællesråd and Hanne Tange, a researcher of international and intercultural education. We welcome participation from people with experience from the first round of cuts to English-speaking student places.
The session will be hosted by members of the Higher Education Policy and Practice, HEPP section of Dansk Universitetspædagogisk Netværk, DUN, Professor Susan Wright and Matej Zitnansky.
Abstract For the past decade, much focus has been put on research integrity or the responsible conduct of research – both nationally, e.g. through the development of the National Code of Conduct, and internationally, e.g. by the EU. The public debate on research integrity in Denmark, however, has for a while become increasingly intertwined with – or perhaps even absorbed by – the debate on research freedom. Scandals that originated as integrity scandals are increasingly discussed as really being about academic freedom, and the work to implement policies on research integrity seem to have been slowed down by this renewed focus on freedom. But what is the difference between integrity and freedom of research? And do we strengthen one, by protecting the other?
Aim The conference aims to bring together scholars, practitioners, policymakers and other stakeholders that are concerned with issues of research integrity and research freedom to discuss both how the concepts have developed and overlap, but also importantly what they mean for our everyday lives and practices in academia and beyond.
The conference is organised by Sue Wright, Lise Degn and Matej ZItnansky.
The first part (at 14.00-15.00) is open and free to all and the second part (at 15.00-16.00) is a closed HEPP meeting.
The SIG 'Higher Education Policy and Practice, HEPP' invites to a webinar on academic activism, with guest-speaker Professor Bruce Macfarlane, University of Bristol, who’s written on academic citizenship and freedom over the last two decades.
The event falls into two parts:
The first part at 14.00-15.00 is open and free to all DUN members and beyond. Here Bruce will present and a HEPP panel will ask questions and open for a wider debate.
The second part at 15.00-16.00 is a closed meeting for HEPP members only, where the members will relate Bruce’s talk to our own national and institutional contexts and discuss how to move forward from here.
Venue: Online. A Zoom-link will be shared later on.
Registration: Info will follow
A preliminary agenda follows here below, and more information will be shared before the meeting, where we shall send out a summary of our last meeting with a description of the four HEPP themes as they emerged more fully through our joint discussion.
As you’ll see in the agenda, we aim to divide the participants into four groups (just for that meeting, and only as a part of the meeting) discussing each of the four themes and outlining a plan for the coming semester/year with suggested activities and events. Therefore, our assistant HEPP organizer Matej Patrik Zitnansky will be in touch prior to the meeting and ask you to sign up for one of the four groups.
Summary of the launch meeting – the identification of four topics
Group work on each topic to discuss
The background and current debates about the topic – have we missed any aspects?
What we want to do about it – what activities – who will help organise them – when – how (Face to face or Zoom)
Plenary – feedback from each group and put their ideas together to make an overall programme of work for first year.
Date: May 20, 2020, 10.00-12.00
Read summary of the event below.
These days, and perhaps more than ever, it’s absolutely crucial to sustain our academic communities across institutional, disciplinary, and curricular boundaries. Also, it’s essential that we come together to discuss how academics may inform and critically discuss policy-making – but also assume greater societal and cultural responsibilities for the time we live in (and to come) and how we build our higher education futures.
Therefore, we hope you’ll all meet up to discuss and plan our joint collaboration towards imaging and building these futures and achieving these goals.
The programme will include:
Introduction to the SIG (origin, goals, and aims)
Introduction to the three separate strands
Suggested activities and events for the autumn 2020 and spring 2021
Envisioned outcomes of the SIG (conferences, writing collaboration, engagement with internal and external stakeholders, and the wider society).
Summary of the launch event
‘Higher Education Policy and Practice’, HEPP, was launched as a special interest group of DUN with a Zoom meeting held on 20 May 2020. Twenty-two people attended from RUC, SDU, AU, AAU and VIA. Søren Bengtsen, DPU, AU introduced the interim steering group (himself, Lise Degn and Sue Wright) and presented the ideas behind the formation of HEPP. Lise Degn, Center for Forsknings Aanalyse CFA, AU presented the work arising from the ‘Practicing Integrity’ project that had been the spur behind forming HEPP. The participants then worked in small groups to identify issues and activities on which HEPP should work over the first 1-2 years. In the final plenary, four key issues emerged:
De-internationalisation of Danish Higher Education
The Ministry of Research and Higher Education, through the project Practicing Integrity is funding a student assistant. Matej Patrik Žitňanský firstname.lastname@example.org was appointed to this position from July 2020 to March 2021.