Dr Helen Carasso

Helen’s academic interest in higher education policy developed from professional experience of university administration, in public relations and admissions.

She gained her doctorate from Oxford in 2010 (a study of the market created by the introduction of £3000 fees for Home/EU undergraduates at English universities in 2006); since then, she has conducted research into the impacts of student fees and funding on applications to higher education in England and also works as a consultant to higher education institutions.

Helen is author and tutor of the Oxford Learning Institute’s on-line course in undergraduate selection, for academic staff new to the University.  From 2012-17, she was a member of the governing council of the Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE), serving as Vice-Chair from 2014-17.


  • Brown, R, Carasso, H (2013) Everything for Sale? The Marketisation of UK Higher Education. Routledge.

Book chapters

  • CARASSO, HM, Locke, W (2016) “Paying the price of expansion: Why more for undergraduates in England means less for everyone”, In: P John, J Fanghanel (eds.) Dimensions of Marketisation in Higher Education. Routledge.

  • CARASSO, HM (2014) “Reassuringly expensive? The impact of market forces on England’s undergraduate provision”, In: H Ertl, C Dupuy (eds.) Students, Markets and Social Justice higher education fee and student support policies in Western Europe and beyond. Oxford: Symposium Books Ltd. 21-46

Journal articles

  • Carasso, H, Gunn, A (2015) “Fees, fairness and the National Scholarship Programme: Higher education policy in England and the Coalition Government”, London Review of Education. 13(2) 70-83.
    DOI: http://doi.org/10.18546/LRE.13.2.07


  • CARASSO, HM (2010) Implementing the financial provisions of the Higher Education Act (2004) - English universities in a new quasi-market.


  • Department staff

College affiliation

  • St Anne's College


  • Lecturer in Higher Education

Subject area

  • MSc Education (Higher Education)

Research groups

  • Higher Education

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Publications, books and other work