Jon Nixon

is an independent writer and scholar based in the UK. He is affiliated to the Hong Kong Institute of Education as an Honorary Professor of International Education and as a Senior Research Fellow of the UNESCO Chair in TVET and Lifelong Learning. He is the author of Hannah Arendt and the Politics of Friendship (2015) and Interpretive Pedagogies for Higher Education: Arendt, Berger, Said, Nussbaum and their Legacies (2012), both published by Bloomsbury.


Protest banner at McGill University in 2011.

Higher education and its discontents

A conversation with Jon Nixon

The audit culture resulting from neoliberal policies has had a deleterious effect on all sectors of society, and no less so on the universities, says higher education expert Jon Nixon. Clearly, the logic of austerity constitutes an existential threat to the great humanistic traditions of scholarship.

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