Higher Education

This Group brings together and supports research on the economic, political and social changes facing higher education, both in the UK and globally.

Current key foci include the implications of higher education policies on access, the future of quality measurement and assurance, and changes facing doctoral education. Please click here for an outline of our research projects.

The Group is also engaged in debates about the future of teaching and learning in higher education, changing genres of academic writing, the future of methods, professional development of academics and other university staff, and international and comparative studies in higher education. This spectrum of interests is reflected in our publications.

The group’s recent research work has been supported by a wide range of funding bodies and sources, such as the Economic and Social Research Council, Higher Education Funding Council for England, Higher Education Academy, Department for Education, Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency, Bundesinstitut für Berufbildung (BIBB), Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), and the European Commission.

Our international research partners include the Department of Human Resource Education (Wirtschaftspädagogik) at the University of Paderborn, the Department of Sociology at the University of Heidelberg, Centre for Research in Higher Education Policies at the University of Porto, and the Institut für Höhere Studien in Vienna.

The group has an ongoing research collaboration with colleagues in the Graduate School of Education at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. The aim of the collaboration is to facilitate the exchange of expertise on higher education research, to develop joint research proposals, to facilitate research periods for visiting students and academic staff, and to enhance the supervision of research students who work on topics of mutual interest and expertise.

The Group is convened by Dr Hubert Ertl.