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Department of Education

Helen Carasso

Honorary Norham Fellow

College Affiliation: St Anne's College

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.



  • Books

  • 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

    • Brown, R, Carasso, H (2012) “Everything for sale? The marketisation of UK higher education 1980-2012”, Higher Education Forum. 9 1-15.

    • Carasso, H, Gunn, AJ “Fees, fairness and the National Scholarship Programme: Higher education policy in England and the Coalition Government”, London Review of Education.

  • Other

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

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