The Unbundled University: Researching digital technology and emerging models in unequal landscapes.

A joint research project between the University of Cape Town and the University of Leeds, this research set out to investigate the opportunities unbundling and new provision models offer for addressing higher education challenges in South Africa and England. In the context of an increasingly globalised and networked higher education sector and severely unequal social and economic landscapes, the project examined the unbundling of educational provision through digital technology and explored decision making processes, marketisation dynamics (e.g. business models, alternative provision and involvement of private companies), changing roles and relationships as well as the implications for a range of stakeholders -  university leadership, academics and students. This 2.5 year project was jointly funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the UK Newton Fund and the South African National Research Foundation (NRF).

Principal Investigator (SA): Laura Czerniewicz
Principal Investigator (UK): Neil Morris

South African research team: Alan Cliff, Rada Mogliacci, Rebecca Swartz, Sukaina Walji

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