About Ansgar Allen

Ansgar Allen is a Lecturer in Education at the University of Sheffield. His research investigates connections between education, knowledge and power.

Articles by Ansgar Allen

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In praise of the 'economically illiterate' academic

University staff are now being drilled to see their work as part of a great financial machine to generate revenue, much of which is then absorbed in astronomical salaries for senior staff. Is this really what we want for our universities?

Academic writing - why bother?

The opening up of academic material beyond select and expensive journals should be grasped as an opportunity to re-examine the way academics communicate their ideas with the public.

The solitary academic: a dying breed

In Britain a way of academic life is dying out.  The research environment has changed.  It demands 'impact', 'relevancy' and 'connection'.  In this climate, dissenting voices are isolated, and compromised.

The heart of British schools and Gove’s ‘dark place’

UK education is dumbing down! British children aren't clever enough, quick enough, skilled enough! This is the fear that stalks the school playground, led by the apparition of the Education Secretary. It is a monstrous farce, but wrapped up as we are within it, we find ourselves unable to simply walk away.

The British public elect their Jesus

The TV talent show 'Jesus Christ Superstar' chose its messiah yesterday by public vote - with the expert oversight of Lord Lloyd Webber. It was an example of British 'meritocracy' in action.

‘You never will be a rock star’: Britain, social mobility and the exploitation of hope

Britain once feared the 'excessive desires' of the 'undeserving poor'. Today, the myth of a socially mobile UK is built on the promise that everyone can reach the stars: the production of irrational hope and the canny management of disappointment.
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