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A History of the University of Manchester, 1973–90$
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Brian Pullan and Michele Abendstern

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780719062421

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719062421.001.0001

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The academics: consultation and conditions

The academics: consultation and conditions

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(p.53) 3 The academics: consultation and conditions
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A History of the University of Manchester, 1973–90
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Brian Pullan

Michele Abendstern

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719062421.003.0003

During the 1970s little appeared to have come of the 1960s dream of transforming the University into a workplace democracy, rather than a specialised institution dedicated to extending and communicating knowledge and know-how. However, the institution was well-equipped with committees and consultative bodies, with departmental boards to advise professors and staff-student consultative committees to advise departmental boards on the curriculum and the pastoral care of students. Some saw them as talking-shops, harmful in that they created confusion, wasted time and worsened resentments by airing them publicly. Others saw in them a device for smoothing the way towards better relations between professors and their colleagues and ensuring that considered decisions were taken.

Keywords:   University Charter, academics, workplace democracy, committees, consultative bodies

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