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The understanding and historical fortunes of the masses—and mass education—have changed greatly since the Open University was founded in 1969 as a project of citizen improvement through broadcasting. From the development and embrace of new technologies to mediate education, to constitutive changes like the idea that students are now shoppers in a marketplace of ideas, what is happening to the university?
Douglas Spencer lectures in history and theory of architecture at the Architectural Association and University of Westminster, and is the author of The Architecture of Neoliberalism (2016).