Call for Chapters

A Call for Case Histories of Excellence in University Leadership and Management

Having published two books about the University of the Future, ACPIL will now publish a book which addresses the achievements of some universities in their attempts to transform themselves to better cope with the difficult future ahead of them.

The first step seems to be to decide the criteria for identifying what a successful university might look like in the future. This, of course, is not a trivial matter especially as so many universities have become large multi-functional, multi-product, multi-objective organisations. As a starting point for a university to be successful in the future it will have to develop in its market place a reputation of facilitating students achieving their objectives. This seems to mean attracting good students, delivering competent programmes, and providing career opportunities. Of course, this is one dimension only and there are several other issues which must be addressed, which include research, collaboration with industry and other educational institutions and outreach into the community.  It is unlikely that any one institution would excel at all these simultaneously. We are particularly interested in universities that have demonstrated innovative and creative approaches to meeting their particular challenges, visions and goals. Transforming the university by reimaging how it might function with regards to its financial arrangements, its admission, its delivery, its examination processes are of particular interest.

This call for case histories invites submissions from anyone who is interested in writing about a university which they believe has achieved some level of excellence and has positioned itself well to face the future challenges which the higher educational sector faces. A collection of these case histories will be published in the form of an anthology. All case histories will be peer reviewed prior to publishing. Although a publication date has not yet been set, it is anticipated that the final work will be available in the third quarter of 2021.

Important dates

  • Abstract submission by email as soon as convenient
  • Case history submission date June 1, 2021
  • Publication date September 2021

First step

If you are interested in submitting a case history for consideration, which should be no more than 8,000 words, in the first instance, please send an abstract of 300-500 words to

Previous publications on the idea of the University of the Future and on the impact of Covid-19 on the University sector can be purchased here: