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Description - Building Better Universities by Jos Boys

Building Better Universities provides a wide-ranging summary and critical review of the increasing number of groundbreaking initiatives undertaken by universities and colleges around the world. It suggests that we have reached a key moment for the higher education sector in which the services, location, scale, ownership, and distinctiveness of education are being altered dramatically, whether universities and colleges want it or not. These shifts are affecting traditional assumptions about both the future 'shape' of higher education institutions, and the roles of-and relationships between-learners, teachers, researchers, managers, businesses, communities and other stakeholders.

Building Better Universities aims to bridge the gap between educational ideas about what the university is, or should be 'for', and its day-to-day practices and organisation. It roams across strategic, operational, and institutional issues; space planning and building design; and technological change, in order to bring together issues that are often dealt with separately. By analysing the many challenges faced by higher education in the contemporary period, and exploring the various ways universities and colleges are responding, this powerful book aims to support a 'step-change' in debates over the future of higher education, and to enable senior managers and faculty to develop more strategic and creative ways of enabling effective twenty-first-century learning in their own institutions.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415859318
ISBN-10: 041585931X
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 248
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 8-Dec-2014
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Jos Boys

Jos Boys is a freelance consultant. She was previously Teaching Fellow in the Faculty of Art, Design and Social Sciences at Northumbria University, UK. Jos trained originally in architecture, followed by many years' experience teaching design and contextual studies in a variety of higher educational institutions at different levels. She has also worked as an educational technologist and academic developer, developing ways to enhance learning through both technology-rich and pedagogically sound resources and delivery. She has been a consultant for the UK Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) and has written several books on higher education, including Towards Creative Learning Spaces: re-thinking the architecture of post-compulsory education (Routledge 2010) and, with Peter Ford, The e-Revolution and Post-Compulsory Education: Using business models to deliver quality education (Routledge 2007).

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