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The Spaces of UK Students' Unions: extending the critical geographies of the university campus

Brooks, RM, Byford, K and Sela, K (2015) The Spaces of UK Students' Unions: extending the critical geographies of the university campus Social and Cultural Geography.

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Abstract

This article seeks to further our knowledge of the university campus by focussing on one particular aspect of most UK campuses: the students’ union. UK students’ unions have rarely been the subject of scholarly attention, despite them now occupying an important place within the higher education landscape. Nevertheless, in this paper we draw on a UK-wide study of students’ unions to explore, firstly, the role played by the buildings of the students’ union and, secondly, the ways in which aspects of the university’s campus influence union activity. We pay particular attention to the expansion of the university campus, in many institutions, from a single site to multiple sites, both within the UK and overseas. We contend that a focus on the materiality of the students’ union and the level of union activity (or inactivity) across various campus spaces can illustrate the values, ideologies and power relations that dominate contemporary British higher education.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Sociology
Authors :
AuthorsEmailORCID
Brooks, RMUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Byford, KUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Sela, KUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 23 July 2015
Uncontrolled Keywords : students' unions, higher education
Additional Information : Paper accepted for publication in Social and Cultural Geography, Copyright Taylor & Francis. Full text may be available at a later date.
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 14 Aug 2015 10:35
Last Modified : 14 Aug 2015 10:35
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/808193

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