Everything for Sale? The Marketisation of UK Higher Education

By Roger Brown, Helen Carasso

© 2013 – Routledge

238 pages | 3 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

The marketisation of higher education is a growing worldwide trend. Increasingly, market steering is replacing or supplementing government steering. Tuition fees are being introduced or increased, usually at the expense of state grants to institutions. Grants for student support are being replaced or supplemented by loans. Commercial rankings and league tables to guide student choice are proliferating with institutions devoting increasing resources to marketing, branding and customer service. The UK is a particularly good example of this, not only because it is a country where marketisation has arguably proceeded furthest, but also because of the variations that exist as Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland increasingly diverge from England.

In Everything for Sale, Roger Brown argues that the competitive regime that is now applicable to our Higher Education system was the logical, and possibly inevitable, outcome of a process that began with the introduction of full cost fees for overseas students in 1980. Through chapters including:

  • Markets and Non-Markets
  • The Institutional Pattern of Provision
  • The Funding of Research
  • The Funding of Student Education
  • Quality Assurance
  • The Impact of Marketisation: Efficiency, diversity and equity;

He shows how the evaluation and funding of research, the funding of student education, quality assurance, and the structure of the system have increasingly been organised on market or quasi-market lines.

As well as helping to explain the evolution of British higher education over the past thirty years, the book contains some important messages about the consequences of introducing or extending market competition in universities’ core activities of teaching and research.

This timely and comprehensive book is essential reading for all academics at University level and anyone involved in Higher Education policy.


"It is a valuable addition to the literature on higher education which is informative for the many countries that share characteristics of Englands higher education and its recent marketisation." - Gavin Moodie, RMIT University, Toronto, Canada

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Markets and Non-Markets 3. The Institutional Pattern of Provision 4. The Funding of Research 5. The Funding of Student Education 6. Quality Assurance 7. The Impact of Marketisation: Efficiency, diversity and equity 8. The Impact of Marketisation: Quality 9. Lessons from Marketisation

About the Authors

Roger Brown is Professor of Higher Education Policy at Liverpool Hope University, UK.

Helen Carasso is an Associate Research Fellow in the Department of Education, University of Oxford

About the Series

Research into Higher Education

Co-published with the Society for Research into Higher Education

This exciting new series aims to publish cutting edge research and discourse that reflects the rapidly changing world of higher education, examined in a global context. Encompassing topics of wide international relevance, the series includes every aspect of the international higher education research agenda, from strategic policy formulation and impact to pragmatic advice on best practice in the field.

For more information, or to express an interest in writing for the series, please contact Natasha Ellis-Knight at Natasha.Ellis-Knight@Informa.com.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Educational Policy & Reform / General