, the public criticisms of Old
University had circulated via the national and international presses, attracting the
attention of senior politicians. As Justin emphasised to me, students at this university were confident that their political actions could reach a global audience.
As such, the stakes were significant for an institution whose exemplary academic
reputation functioned as symbolic capital within a global higher educationmarket. The tension facing the institution between being seen to secure student welfare and academic freedom was highlighted to me by an