Dr Hubert Ertl

Hubert Ertl is Associate Professor of Higher Education and Director of the Department’s MSc Education (Higher Education) programme. He is also Senior Research Fellow of the ESRC-funded Centre on Skills, Knowledge and Occupational Performance (SKOPE). Hubert is Fellow of Linacre College, Oxford.


After completing his training in the German dual system of vocational education Hubert did his first degree in business studies, vocational education and English at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) in Munich. He then studied comparative and international education at the University of Oxford, where he conducted research into the ways EU-programmes in education and training are implemented in different European countries. This research was part of the EU-funded network PRESTiGE (Problems of Educational Standardisation and Transitions in a Global Environment). He taught at the LMU Institute of Vocational Education and Business Studies (Institut für Wirtschaftspädagogik) and completed his doctoral thesis on European aspects of vocational education and training. After his doctorate he worked for three years as a lecturer and researcher at the University of Paderborn (Germany) in the area of training teachers for German vocational colleges.

Hubert would welcome informal contacts from prospective doctoral students interested in the following topics:

  • Access to higher education
  • Comparative and international aspects of higher education
  • Transitions between vocational and higher education
  • Graduate labour markets in international perspective


  • Ertl, H, Dupuy, C (2014) Students, Markets and Social Justice higher education fee and student support policies in Western Europe and beyond. Symposium Books Ltd.

  • Ertl, H (2014) A World of Difference? Research on Higher and Vocational Education in Germany and England.

  • Phillips, DG (2003) Implementing European Union Education and Training Policy: A Comparative Study of Issues in Four Member States. Springer.
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/0-306-48077-8

Book chapters

  • Ertl, H, Allen, J (2014) “Higher education at English further education colleges: University education for all?”, In: Wirtschaftspädagogische Handlungsfelder Festschrift für Peter F. E. Sloane zum 60. Geburtstag. 306-323

  • Ertl, H (2014) “Partnership-based initial teacher education in England: a discussion of the Oxford Internship Scheme in the light of past and current reform agendas”, In: Governance in der Lehrerausbildung: Analysen aus England und Deutschland Governance in Initial Teacher Education: Perspectives on England and Germany. Springer-Verlag. 61-79

  • Yu, K, Ertl, H (2013) “The role of independent colleges in the expanding higher education system of China”, In: PJ Hsieh (ed.) Education in East Asia. London: Bloomsbury. 29-48

  • Ertl, H (2013) “German Higher Education and the State: A critical appraisal in the light of post-Bologna reforms”, In: R Goodman, T Kariya, J Taylor (eds.) Higher Education and the State: Changing Relationships in Europe and East Asia. Oxford Studies in Comparative Education. Hodder Christian Books. 131-152

  • Ertl, H, Hayward, G, McLaughlin, J (2012) “The transition from vocational to higher education from the perspective of higher education admission staff”, In: The Future of Vocational Education and Training in a Changing World. 63-82
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-531-18757-0_5

  • Ertl, H (2010) “Learners’ transition from vocational education and training to higher education”, In: M David, AM Bathmaker, G Crozier, P Davis, H Ertl, A Fuller, G Hayward, S Heath, C Hockings, G Parry, D Reay, A Vignoles, J Williams (eds.) Improving Learning by Widening Participation in Higher Education. Improving Learning Series. Abingdon: Routledge. 75-87

  • Ertl, H, Hayward, G (2010) “Modularization in vocational education and training”, In: International Encyclopedia of Education. 383-390
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-08-044894-7.00786-7

  • Hoelscher, M, Hayward, G, Ertl, H, Dunbar-Goddet, H (2009) “The transition from vocational education and training to higher education: A successful pathway?”, In: Transitions and Learning through the Lifecourse. 87-102
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780203867617

Journal articles

  • Esson, J, Ertl, H (2016) “No point worrying? Potential undergraduates, study-related debt, and the financial allure of higher education”, STUDIES IN HIGHER EDUCATION. 41(7) 1265-1280.
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03075079.2014.968542

  • Ertl, H, Zierer, K, Phillips, D, Tippelt, R (2015) “Disciplinary traditions and the dissemination of knowledge. An international comparison of publication patterns in journals of education”, Oxford Review of Education. 41(1) 64-88.
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03054985.2014.1001350

  • Zierer, K, Ertl, H (2014) “Publish or perish!? Erfolgreich publizieren in erziehungswissenschaftlichen Zeitschriften”, Der pädagogische Blick. 22(1) 47-61.

  • Zierer, K, Ertl, H, Phillips, D, Tippelt, R (2014) “Profillinien erziehungswissenschaftlicher Zeitschriften. Eine Orientierungshilfe”, Erziehungswissenschaft. 25(48) 95-128.

  • Zierer, K, Ertl, H (2014) “Schlüsselfrage. Wie kommt mein Beitrag in eine renommierte Zeitschrift?”, Forschung & Lehre. 21(4) 287-287.

  • Zierer, K, Ertl, H, Phillips, D, Tippelt, R (2013) “The Quantity and Focus of Publications in the Zeitschrift fur Padagogik within the Framework of a German-British Comparison”, ZEITSCHRIFT FUR PADAGOGIK. 59(3) 400-424.

  • Esson, J, Ertl, H (2013) “Securing the Future of Higher Education in England”, POLITICAL QUARTERLY. 84(3) 404-409.
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-923X.2013.12031.x

  • Ertl, H, Zierer, K, Phillips, D, Tippelt, R (2013) “Analysis of academic journals in education: A comparison of publication patterns in England and Germany”, Research in Comparative and International Education. 8(1) 1-16.
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2304/rcie.2013.8.1.1

  • Zierer, K, Ertl, H, Phillips, D, Tippelt, R (2013) “The quantity and focus of publications in the Zeitschrift für Pädagogik within the framework of a German-British comparison”, Zeitschrift fur Padagogik. 59(3) 400-424.

  • Zierer, K, Ertl, H, Phillips, D, Tippelt, R (2013) “Das Publikationsaufkommen der Zeitschrift für Pädagogik im deutsch-englischen Vergleich”, Zeitschrift für Pädagogik. 59(3) 400-424.

  • Ertl, H (2011) “Arbeitgeber als Curriculumentwickler? Eine kritische Analyse der Einführung von 14-19 Diplomas im reformierten Qualifikationsrahmen in England”, Zeitschrift für Berufs- und Wirtschaftspädagogik. 107(2) 294-308.

  • Ertl, H, Hayward, G (2010) “Caught in the 'triple lock'? An evaluation of governance structures in the development of 14-19 diplomas in England”, Research in Comparative and International Education. 5(3) 316-330.
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2304/rcie.2010.5.3.316

  • Ertl, H, Yu, K (2010) “The Discourse on Equality and Equity in Chinese Higher Education”, Chinese Education & Society. 43(6) 3-14.
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2753/CED1061-1932430600

  • Yu, K, Ertl, H (2010) “Equity in access to higher education in China: The role of public and nonpublic institutions”, Chinese Education and Society. 43(6) 36-58.
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2753/CED1061-1932430602

  • Ertl, H, Stasz, C (2010) “Employing an 'employer-led' design? An evaluation of the development of diplomas”, Journal of Education and Work. 23(4) 301-317.
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13639080.2010.509099

  • Hoelscher, M, Hayward, G, Ertl, H, Dunbar-Goddet, H (2008) “The transition from vocational education and training to higher education: a successful pathway?”, RESEARCH PAPERS IN EDUCATION. 23(2) 139-151.
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02671520802048679

  • Ertl, H, Wright, S (2008) “Reviewing the literature on the student learning experience in higher education”, London Review of Education. 6(3) 195-210.
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14748460802489348

  • Ertl, H (2006) “European Union policies in education and training: the Lisbon agenda as a turning point?”, COMPARATIVE EDUCATION. 42(1) 5-27.
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03050060500515652

  • Ertl, H (2006) “Educational standards and the changing discourse on education: the reception and consequences of the PISA study in Germany”, OXFORD REVIEW OF EDUCATION. 32(5) 619-634.
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03054980600976320

  • Ertl, H, Phillips, D (2006) “Standardization in EU education and training policy: findings from a European research network”, COMPARATIVE EDUCATION. 42(1) 77-91.
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03050060500515769

  • Ertl, H (2002) “The concept of modularisation in vocational education and training: the debate in Germany and its implications”, OXFORD REVIEW OF EDUCATION. 28(1) 53-73.
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03054980120113634

  • Ertl, H (2000) “The transition of vocational education and training in eastern Germany: Notes on the role of European Union programs”, COMPARATIVE EDUCATION REVIEW. 44(4) 464-492.
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/447630

  • Ertl, H, Phillips, D (2000) “The enduring nature of the tripartite system of secondary schooling in Germany: Some explanations”, BRITISH JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL STUDIES. 48(4) 391-412.
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-8527.00154

  • Ertl, H “Die Erziehungswissenschaft im Vereinigten Königreich: Die erziehungswissenschaftliche Forschungslandschaft im Spiegel der Forschungsevaluation”, Erziehungswissenschaft.

  • Ertl, H, Zierer, K, Phillips, D, Tippelt, R “Increasing convergence or divergence? An international comparison of publication patterns in journals of education’”, Oxford Review of Education. 41(1) 64-88.


  • Ertl, H (2013) The Impact of the Post-Bologna Reforms on German Higher Education and Transition of Graduates into the Labour Market. SKOPE Research Paper. University of Oxford: SKOPE.(No. 116)

  • Ertl, H, Carasso, H, Holmes, C (2012) Higher fees, higher expectations? Considerations of potential applicants regarding the financial cost and benefits of higher education. SKOPE Issues Paper. University of Oxford: SKOPE.(No. 30)

  • Stasz, C, Guthrie, S, Holmes, C, Ertl, H, Castle-Clarke, S, Drabble, S, Villaba Van-Duk, L Attractiveness of initial vocational education and training: identifying what matters. Cedefop Research Paper. Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union.(39)


  • Department staff

College affiliation

  • Linacre College


  • Associate Professor of Higher Education

Subject area

  • Comparative and International Education
  • Higher Education
  • Vocational Education and Training

Research groups

  • Comparative and International Education
  • Higher Education


Publications, books and other work