Richard Watermeyer

Professor of Higher Education and Co-Director of the Centre for Higher Education Transformations, University of Bristol
Deputy Programme Director, Digital Futures of Work

Richard Watermeyer is a sociologist and professor of higher education and co-director of the Centre for Higher Education Transformations (CHET) at the University of Bristol. His research is predominantly concerned with critical analyses of change and disruption in higher education affecting the organisation and governance of universities and science; academic identity and research praxis; and the public role and contribution of universities and scientists. His recent books include Competitive Accountability in Academic Life: The Struggle for Social Impact and Public Legitimacy (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2019) and The Impact Agenda: Controversies, Consequences and Challenges (Bristol: Policy).

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Publications | September 21, 2023

Working Paper 9: The digital evolution of higher education: From high-cost failures to high-risk futures

The societal contribution of higher education is for many inestimable and time-honoured. In an age of spectacular technological innovation, however, the role and relevance of universities is increasingly scrutinised and challenged. In this article we consider how universities are being impacted by and responding to a seemingly infinite emergence of