The Future of Higher Education

Thursday, 15 Feb 2024

8.30am – 5.45pm


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The CGHE Annual Conference returns for its ninth edition on 15 February 2024. This is the final conference during the period of CGHE’s UKRI Economic and Social Council funding award (1 November 2015 to 30 April 2024), where CGHE researchers will discuss key insights arising from their projects. There are exciting plans to maintain and develop CGHE as a self-supporting research centre after that date, with your active participation.

The conference will be provided in both in-person and on-line live-stream mode via Zoom. The in-person conference, which is highly participatory, will take place in London at Jeffrey Hall, UCL Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London, WC1H 0AL.

Those who attend the in-person conference will have the opportunity to take part in breakout discussion groups following the two main panel sessions at the conference. The on-line live-stream mode is broadcast only.


Registration Links

Recordings will be available on our Youtube channel after the conference.


Conference programme


Coffee and registration


Conference opening and welcome
Chair and speaker: Claire Callender

Opening keynote and 2024 Burton R. Clark Lecture: [Title TBA]
Chair: Paul Ashwin

Speaker: Simon Marginson

Coffee/tea break


Theme Panel 1: What are the effects of higher education for graduates?

Chair: Chris Millward (CGHE Advisory Board)

Speaker: Paul Ashwin, leader of CGHE project Graduate Experiences of Employability and Knowledge

Claire Callender, leader of CGHE project Student loan debt and graduate decision-making

Golo Henseke, leader of CGHE project Graduate labour market and equity

Ka Ho Mok, leader of CGHE project UK international graduates in mass media and public perceptions: A comparative study of the UK, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan



Discussion in 4 breakout groups:
What are the effects of higher education for graduates?
Chairs of breakout groups:
Debbie McVitty (Wonkhe), Nick Hillman (HEPI), Lorraine Dearden (UCL), Jurgen Enders





Theme Panel 2: Worldwide higher education? What are the similarities and differences between national systems?

Chair: Jenni Case


Vincent Carpentier, leader of CGHE project

A historical lens on higher education staffing: UK and France


Maia ChankselianiDavid MillsTristan McCowan, CGHE project

Mapping supranational higher education space


Diana LaurillardEileen Kennedy, CGHE project

Realising the potential of digital technology for scaling up higher education


Simon Marginson, leader of CGHE project

Local and global public good of higher education: 10 nation study


Alis Oancea, leader of CGHE project

Research on Research: the research function and mission of higher education


Mike Shattock, leader of CGHE project

The impact of locality and region on university governance


Discussion in 4 breakout groups:
Worldwide higher education? What are the similarities and differences between national systems?
Chairs of breakout groups:
Vivienne Stern (UUK), Joanna Newman (SOAS), David Sweeney (University of Birmingham), Ellen Hazelkorn (BH Associates)




Closing plenary: Future research on higher education
Chair: Simon Marginson (CGHE Director)

Aline CourtoisJanja KomeljenovicLee RensimerXin Xu


Conference close
Chair and speaker: David Mills (CGHE Deputy Director)


Contact Details

For any further queries about the conference, please contact
Emily Betz (IOEUCL’s Faculty of Education and Society)
Kristina Khoo-Rhodes (Department of Education, University of Oxford)

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