Learning and Teaching

The International Journal of Higher Education in the Social Sciences

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Editors: Penny Welch, School of Law, Social Sciences and Communication, University of Wolverhampton and Susan Wright, Danish School of Education, University of Århus

Learning and Teaching (LATISS) is a peer-reviewed journal that uses the social sciences to reflect critically on learning and teaching in the changing context of higher education.

The journal invites students and staff to explore their education practices in the light of changes in their institutions, national higher education policies, the strategies of international agencies and developments associated with the so-called international knowledge economy.

The disciplines covered include politics and international relations, anthropology, sociology, criminology, social policy, cultural studies and educational studies. Recent topics include curriculum innovation, students’ academic writing, PhD research ethics, neo-liberalism and academic identity, and marketisation of higher education.

The readership spans practitioners, researchers and students. It includes undergraduates and postgraduates interested in analysing their experience at university, newly appointed staff taking a qualification in learning and teaching, staff of learning and teaching units, experienced teachers in higher education and researchers on university reform.

Subjects: Education, Social Sciences

Forthcoming Issue

Volume 7, Issue 1, Spring 2014


SPECIAL ISSUE: Collusion, Complicity and Resistance: Theorising Academics, the University and the State

Introduction: on theorising and humanising academic complicity in the neoliberal university
Alex Posecznick


Beyond collusion and resistance: academic–management relations within the neoliberal university
Cris Shore and Miri Davidson

Science ideals and science careers in a university biology department
David E. Long

Caught in the adjunct trap
Linda Hose and E.J. Ford

Collisions of culture: academic culture in the neoliberal university
Margaret D. LeCompte

From a whisper to a scream: ethics and resistance in the age of neoliberalism
Barbara Madeloni

Wither the welfare state: the new global adventures of higher education
Wesley Shumar


Interview with Les Back on the Online Publication of His Academic Diary


An interview with Les Back, professor of sociology at Goldsmith's College by his colleague in the department, Kate Nash, on the online publication of Academic Diary, his collection of essays reflecting on, often small, incidents in his daily life as an academic in relation to processes of change in higher education in Britain. In a wide-ranging conversation, Les and Kate touch upon the relationship between the form and content of the diary, the changing environment of British academia, the diary as an example of the "sociological imagination" as an attempt to join conversations about what universities are and may become, and the present and future of the university.


Part 1- Form and Content of the Diary