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University Audit Cultures and Feminist Praxis

An Institutional Ethnography

By Órla Murray

Published

Dec 1, 2024

Page count

184 pages

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Gender and Sociology

ISBN

978-1529214321

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Dec 1, 2024

Page count

184 pages

Browse the series

Gender and Sociology

ISBN

978-1529214338

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press
University Audit Cultures and Feminist Praxis

Being ‘REF-able’. The impact agenda. The student experience. University audit culture has infiltrated academic life, but how should we respond?

Drawing on a five-year Institutional Ethnography of UK universities, the author provides a feminist take on the neoliberal university and abolitionist reflections on audit culture.

For feminist and other critical academics, the interpretative power involved in audit processes provides an opportunity to collectively challenge and subvert, re-read and re-write institutions. This book challenges the myths and misinterpretations around how academic audit processes work, arguing that if we are complicit then we have agency to do them differently.

Autoethnographic Preface;

Introduction: A Feminist Take on the Neoliberal University;

Doing Feminist Research: Exploring Audit Culture Through Institutional Ethnography;

Surveys as ‘Facts’: The National Student Survey;

Funding Fictions: ESRC Research Funding Applications;

Making Myths Material: The Research Excellence Framework as Discourse;

Feminist Audit? Knowledge Exchange and the Impact Agenda;

Conclusion