External Examiner Induction 24th April 2014

1. Student as Producer – research-engaged teaching is the organising principle for teaching and learning at Lincoln, across all courses and levels

2. Quality Assurance Agency institutional review 2012 commended Lincoln for the enhancement of student learning opportunities framed around Student as Producer

3. Higher Education Academy regards Student as Producer as example of best practice for teaching and learning in Higher Education

4. Student as Producer is conceptualised around a critical engagement with the work of Ernest Boyer’s notion of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (Boyer Commission 1998) through the work of critical social theory, most prominently the writings of Walter Benjamin, e.g., Author as Producer 1934

5. Student as Producer is the basis for Student Engagement Strategy at Lincoln

6. QAA protocols and procedures at Lincoln  written up as Student as Producer: Validation and Revalidation, Annual Monitoring Reports, Periodic Academic Review and External Examiner Reports

7. Some examples of student work: Biobunch in Life Sciences and Making Digital History

8. Student as Producer has been taken on by Vanderbilt University in the US and the University of British Columbia in Canada

9. Students at Lincoln appreciate the benefits of research-engaged teaching for learning, earning and dealing with real life (Neary et al 2014)

10. Research-engaged teaching is assuming increasing importance across higher education, e.g. British Conference for Undergraduate Research, student research publications – Reinvention Journal, and is recognised as a significant future trend in US – NMC Horizon report 2014: 15



Neary, M. and Winn, J. (2009) ‘The Student as Producer: reinventing the student experience in higher education, L.Bell, H. Stevenson, M.Neary (eds) The Future of Higher Education: Policy, Pedagogy and the Student Experience, Continuum, London

Neary, M. (2010) ‘Student as Producer: A Pedagogy for the Avant-Garde‘, Learning Exchange, Volume 1 (1) http://studentasproducer.lincoln.ac.uk/files/2014/03/15-72-1-pb-1.pdf

Neary, M. and Hagyard, A. (2011) ‘Pedagogy of Excess: An Alternative Political Economy for Student Life’, In M. Molesworth, E. Nixon and R. Scullion, (eds) The Marketisation of Higher Education and Student as Consumer, Routledge, London and New York: http://studentasproducer.lincoln.ac.uk/files/2010/10/Pedagogy-of-Excess-preprint.pdf

Neary, M. and Saunders, G. (2011) ‘Leadership and Learning Landscapes in Higher Education: the Struggle for the Idea of the University’, Higher Education Quarterly 65 (4): 333 – 352

Neary, M. (2012) ‘Student as Producer: An Institution of the Common? [or How to Recover Communist/Revolutionary science]’, Enhancing Learning in the Social Sciences, Higher Education Academy, York http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/assets/documents/disciplines/social-sciences/ELiSS0403A_Guest_paper.pdf

Neary, M. (2012) ‘Teaching Politically: Policy, Pedagogy and the New European University’, Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies, 10 (2) http://www.jceps.com/index.php?pageID=article&articleID=266

Neary, M. and Amsler, A. (2012) ‘Occupy: A New Pedagogy of Space and Time’, Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies, 10(2) http://www.jceps.com/?pageID=article&articleID=277

Neary, M. (2012) ‘Beyond Teaching in Public: The University as a Form of Social Knowing’ in M Neary, H Stevenson and L Bell ( eds) Towards Teaching in Public: Reshaping the Modern University, Continuum, London and New York Neary,

M. (2013) ‘Student as Producer: Radicalising the Mainstream in Higher Education’ in E. Dunn and D. Owen (eds) The Student Engagement Handbook: Practice in Higher Education, Emerald Books, Bingley

Neary, M. (2014), ‘The University and the City: Social Science Centre, Lincoln – Forming the Urban Revolution’, in P. Temple, (ed) The Physical University: Contours of Space and Place in Higher Education, Routledge, Abingdon

Neary, M., Saunders, G., Hagyard, A. and Derricott, D. (2014) Student as Producer : Research-Engaged Teaching, an Institutional Strategy, Evaluation Report for Higher Education Academy, York

Challenging the Capitalist University

This is an abstract submitted by me for inclusion in the forthcoming conference in June at the London School of Economics: ‘Governing Academic Life’   http://www.governing-academic-life.org/

CHALLENGING THE CAPITALIST UNIVERSITY – research, teaching and the recovery of revolutionary  science

Contra to Foucault’s assertion that the state is a ‘mythicised abstraction’ (College de France Lecture 1979), this paper argues that the state is a real abstraction whose concrete violent political substance is derived from the dynamic dysfunctionality that lies at the core of the capital relation: the struggle between Capital and Labour.  The power of abstraction as a methodological tool was developed by Karl Marx in his mature social theory in Capital and the Grundrisse where he revealed the real nature of Capital’s other violent real abstraction: Money. It is the concept of real abstraction in relation to Money as a form of Capital that provides the basis for Marx’s major theoretical breakthrough in the Social Sciences. By applying this methodology to the Capitalist University it is possible to reveal not only the logic of  ‘academic capitalism’, but to develop strategies to challenge the Capitalist University based on the dynamic contradiction that lies at the core of the production of capitalist knowledge:  the dysfunctionality between research and teaching, and to establish a framework for action out of which new forms of revolutionary communist science might emerge. The arguments made in this paper will be set against the work of Ball (2008) and Jessop (2008), specifically their views on the nature of state regulation and its consequences for higher education,  and illustrated with reference to two experiments in reframing the relationship between teaching and research inside and outside  an English university: Student as Producer at the University of Lincoln and the Social Science Centre, Lincoln.


Student as Producer: Keynote lectures, workshops and seminars 2011 – 2013

This is a list of my keynotes and other speaking engagements about Student as Producer and related matters 2011 – 2013 (incomplete):

University of Westminster (1st June, 2013) ‘Student as Producer’, Institute for Modern and Contemporary Culture

University of Sussex (13th May, 2013) ‘Student as Producer’, Centre for Higher Education and Equality Research, chrome-extension://bpmcpldpdmajfigpchkicefoigmkfalc/views/app.html

University of Newcastle (19th March, 2013) ‘Student as Producer: Reinventing “the idea of the University” as a Radical Political Project’, Three Rivers Teaching and Learning Conference

Galician Centre for Contemporary Art  (6th February, 2013) ‘Two Academics in Search of an Alternative’ (with Professor Keri Facer)  Santiago de Compostela, Spain http://contece.ffyh.unc.edu.ar/en/programa/

University of Southampton ( 24th January, 2013) ‘Student as Producer’, E-Learning Symposium https://www.llas.ac.uk/ebulletin/6701

University of Newcastle (12th December, 2012) ‘Student as Producer: The Medium is the Message’, Standing Committee for Heads of Media Services Conference

Manchester Metropolitan University (24th October, 2012) ‘Student as Producer: Reinventing the Undergraduate Curriculum’, Education and Social Research Institute, http://www.esri.mmu.ac.uk/seminars/autumn12/neary.php

Macquarie University, Sydney ( 12th September, 2012) ‘Why is Undergraduate Research So Great!’ First Australasian Conference for Undergraduate Research

Canterbury Christ Church University, Kent (date) ‘Student as Producer’, Teaching and Learning Conference

University of the West of Scotland ( 21st July, 2012) ‘Student as Producer: Designing an Integrated Curriculum across a Whole Institution’, Teaching and Learning Conference

University of Leeds ( 16th May, 2012) ‘Student as Producer’, Department of Geography, https://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/cgi-bin/webadmin?A2=CSE-TPWG;4cbf7f4c.1205

University of Warwick ( 20th March, 2012) ‘BCUR and the Future for Undergraduate Research’, British Conference for Undergraduate Research ( BCUR) Conference

University of Bangor (8th February 2012) ‘Student as Producer’ http://www.bangor.ac.uk/addysg/news_archive.php.en

University of Southampton Solent ( 24th January, 2012) Learning Landscapes in Higher Education, Teaching and Learning Conference

University of Leeds Metropolitan University ( 16th January, 2012) ‘The Importance of Research’, Postgraduate Research Conference

University of Lincoln (11th November, 2011) ‘Student as Producer – a Difference Engine’ DevXS  http://devxs.org.uk/sponsors

University of the West of Scotland ( 1st November, 2011) ‘Masterclass on Student as Producer’ http://www.uws.ac.uk/campus-paisley/prof-mike-neary-provides-a-masterclass-on-%E2%80%98student-as-producer%E2%80%99/

University of Galway, Ireland (10th June, 2011) ‘Student as Producer’ Engaging Minds: Active Learning, Participation and Collaboration in Higher Education

University of Middlesex (1st July, 2008) Student as Producer: Reinventing the Undergraduate Curriculum’ Teaching and Learning Conference