Helen’s academic interest in higher education policy developed from more than 20 years of 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 institutions, students, graduates and applicants within the higher education sector in England. She also works as a consultant to higher education institutions.
Helen was Pathway Convenor for the MSc Education (HE) for two years and has taught on this course since completing her DPhil. As an inspector for the British Accreditation Council, Helen has the opportunity to gain insights into the operation of higher education providers globally. She is also an Associate of the SKOPE, the department’s research centre for Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance.
From 2012-17, Helen was a member of the governing council of the Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE), serving as Vice-Chair from 2014-17.
Xin (许心) is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Global Higher Education, Department of Education, and a Junior Research Fellow at Kellogg College, University of Oxford.
She has strong research interests in the internationalisation and globalisation of higher education and academic research.
Xin completed her DPhil in Education at the department as a Clarendon Scholar. Her doctoral research investigated the internationalisation and evaluation of humanities and social sciences research, with a focus on the influences of incentives for international publications in Chinese higher education. The thesis won the 2020 Emerald/HETL Outstanding Doctoral Research Award and the CIES 2020 Globalization & Education SIG Dissertation Award.
Previously, she completed a BA in English Language and Literature at Tsinghua University (First-Class Honours, one-year exchange at Heidelberg University), and received her MA degree in Higher Education at Peking University (Distinction).