Stefan collini the bologna statement which defines the very purpose of universities doesnt seem to apply to the uk any more tue 24 apr 2018 0200 edt the university is an autonomous institution at the heart of societies differently organised because of geography and historical heritage the second fundamental principle was . Having studied at the universities of cambridge and yale stefan collini was a member of the intellectual history group at the university of sussex from 1974 to 1986 he has held visiting appointments at princeton university and other institutions and he is a fellow of the british academy and of the royal historical society. Celebrated at least by some for his well argued polemics on the state of uk universities stefan collini makes a strong case for universities being the pre eminent institutions in society for improving the quality of knowledge generation and dissemination. Just what is the purpose of universities stefan collini doesnt have the answer photograph christopher furlong getty images the rhetorical question is a hollow sounding device much favoured by monologuising dons asked for the sake of effect it doesnt feel obliged to provide an answer stefan . Stefan collini is professor of intellectual history and english literature at cambridge university after degrees at cambridge and yale he taught at the university of sussex before moving to a post in the faculty of english at cambridge in 1986
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