Life After Dawkins: The University of Melbourne in the Unified National System of Higher Education 1988-96

S Macintyre, G Croucher, A Brett

Melbourne University Publishing | Published : 2016


The reconstruction of higher education in Australia through the creation of the Unified National System of Higher Education at the end of the 1980s by John Dawkins is commonly seen as a watershed. It brought new ways of funding, directing and organising universities, expanding their size, re-orientating their activities and setting in train a far-reaching transformation of the academic enterprise. This volume examines how the University of Melbourne both adapted to and resisted the Unified National System, how it took advantage of the opportunities for growth while affirming its academic mission.