Governing Council

Governing Council: Terms of reference

In accordance with the Society's Articles of Association, there shall be a Governing Council of the Society, responsible for general oversight of the Society's affairs. The members of the Governing Council are the “Trustees” of the Society and therefore have the duties and responsibilities ascribed to all such “Trustees “under all relevant English Company Law and all relevant requirements of the Charities Commission.

1.1     Governing Council: Terms of reference

The Governing Council shall
1.1.1 determine the general character of the Society's activities;
1.1.2 approve the topics of annual and other conferences organised by or in conjunction with the Society;
1.1.3 approve both the academic and the financial relationship between the Society and the publishers of its book imprints and journals;
1.1.4 approve the conferment of all and any awards made by the Society which will include all forms of  Fellowships and all Prizes as the Society may offer;
1.1.5 review and approve on an annual basis the services and benefits to be provided to members and the level of subscriptions to be charged;
1.1.6 establish financial procedures to safeguard the assets of the Society, to ensure its viability and the achievement of its aims;
1.1.7 approve the Annual Accounts for presentation to the Annual General Meeting and recommend on the appointment of Auditors;
1.1.8 appoint, by consensus or majority vote, the President of the Society, Officers of the Society, and the Chairs and members of committees and groups, as prescribed below;
1.1.9 at its discretion undertake such other tasks, consonant with the Society's aims and the Council's legal and financial responsibilities, as may from time to time be requested by the Annual General Meeting.

(Extract from the Society’s Constitution)

Governing Council meeting agenda June 2018
March 2018
October 2017
June 2017
February 2017

Current Governing Council Members

Professor Chris Pole   Professor Chris Pole


Chris Pole is Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Brighton. Previously, Chris held posts at Nottingham Trent University, firstly as Dean of the School of Social Sciences and latterly as its Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs.

Prior to this, he held the post of Sub-Dean responsible for postgraduate recruitment in the Faculty of Social Science at the University of Leicester. He spent nine years at Leicester which included spells as Head of Department of Sociology and Director of Research in the School of Education. Prior to this, he spent 10 years at the University of Warwick where he held a joint appointment in the Department of Sociology and the Centre for Educational Development, Appraisal and Research (CEDAR). Earlier posts were at the Institute for Employment Studies at the University of Sussex and the National Foundation for Educational Research.

Chris's interests in the sociology of education and of childhood have led to project-directorships under the Economic and Social Research Council's (ESRC) Children 5-16: Growing into the 21st Century programme and the ESRC/Arts & Humanities Research Council Cultures of Consumption programme. He has lectured and published widely in these areas and also in qualitative methodology, especially ethnography.

SRHE Committees:
Chair of the Governing Council
(All Committees)

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Professor Paul Blackmore   Professor Paul Blackmore

Vice Chair

Paul Blackmore joined King’s College London in November 2007 as Professor of Higher Education and Director of King's Learning Institute and is currently Deputy Vice-Principal (Education) at the College.  Before this he established and directed a Centre for Academic Practice at the University of Warwick from 1995 for over ten years before becoming Professor of Higher Education and Director of the Centre for the Study of Higher Education at Coventry University.  Paul was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in June 2013 for excellence in higher education teaching and support for learning.

Paul’s research is in the conceptualisation and exploration of professional expertise, including its social dimensions, particularly leadership roles in academic settings. He has published widely in the field. In 2003 he co-edited “Towards Strategic Staff Development”, exploring ways in which development in all its forms could be strategically effective. He has recently completed funded studies on interdisciplinary leadership, approaches to development in UK institutions and the professional learning of course and module leaders in Higher Education.

SRHE Committees:
Member of the Governing Council
Chair of the Research & Development Committee
Member of the Governance, Management & Finance Committee

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Professor Helen Higson   Professor Helen Higson

Vice Chair

Helen Higson completed her first degree in English Literature from Newnham College, Cambridge University and followed this up with an MA with the Open University and a PhD at Birkbeck College, London University. She has worked in Higher Education since 1983, first at Southampton University and then at Aston. She is currently Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Aston University where she is Chief Academic Officer and leads on learning and teaching and employability. Her previous role was as Head of Learning and Teaching at Aston Business School. She is Professor of Higher Education Learning and Management and National Teaching Fellow (NTF) and Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA). Her current research includes intercultural training for staff and students and research into employability competencies and diversity. Helen Higson contributed a chapter to the 2012 Wilson Review on University Business relations. Helen was awarded the OBE in the 2011 New Year Honours for services to Higher Education and in 2017 was appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant for the West Midlands.

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David Palfreyman   Mr. David Palfreyman

Honorary Treasurer

David Palfreyman, MA MBA LLB, FRSA, Bursar and Fellow, New College, Oxford, has previously worked at the Universities of Liverpool and Warwick, and has written numerous articles on university management.

He has co-edited a book for the Open University Press entitled Higher Education Management: the key elements (1996), and other books include Oxford and the Decline of the Collegiate Tradition (2000) and The State of UK Higher Education (2001). Two further books: Higher Education and the Law and How to Manage a Merger or Avoid One were published in 1998; the second edition of the former is entitled Higher Education Law (2002, Jordans). David Palfreyman and David Warner are the General Editors for the fifteen-volume Open University Press-McGraw Hill series: Managing Universities and Colleges (within which they contribute a volume on Managing Crisis) – this Series is now being translated for publication in China. With Ted Tapper, in 2005 David has co-edited a book on the politics of access to higher education in major OECD countries (Understanding Mass Higher Education: Comparative Perspectives on Access). He has also edited a book on The Oxford Tutorial (2001 & 2008 – the second edition will be available as a Chinese translation from Peking University Press) and written The Economics of Higher Education (2004). His latest work is (with Dennis Farrington) The Law of Higher Education (Oxford University Press, 2006); and his next academic project is a comparative study of elite universities as the first of a dozen volumes in a new series on comparative international higher education (2008 onwards, Series Editors: Palfreyman/Tapper/Thomas, Taylor & Francis).

David is a (Joint) Director of the UUK Management Development Course for Higher Education Administrators. He is also a Member of the Editorial Board of the AUA’s journal Perspectives, and is the Joint Editor of the journal Education and the Law. He is a non-executive Director of OXIP (the Oxford Investment Partnership) that manages c£200m of funds. .

With David Warner, David established OxCHEPS (The Oxford Centre for Higher Education Policy Studies), details of which can be seen at its web-site on OxCHEPS offers a ‘HE Mediation Service’, ‘UCELNET’ as a legal awareness service for HEIs/FEIs, and an online ‘HE Law Updating Service’ for the HE Law text along with an online ‘HE Law Casebook’ linking to the HE Law textbook.

SRHE Comittees – Ex Officio
Member of the Governing Council
Member of the Governance, Management and Finance Committee

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Dr Ibrar Bhatt   Dr Ibrar Bhatt

Council Member

Ibrar Bhatt is Lecturer in Education at Queen’s University Belfast (Northern Ireland). His research and teaching interests lie at the intersections of applied linguistics (including TESOL), literacy studies, and educational research. Much of this recently has been concerned with digital literacy and writing, and these interests emerge through his 2017 book 'Assignments as Controversies: Digital Literacy & Writing in Classroom Practice’ (published by Routledge/T&F).

Ibrar is also interested in the writing practices and knowledge creating work of academics across contemporary Higher Education. Prior to joining Queen's University, he was a Senior Researcher on a 2 year ESRC project which investigated the changing nature and critical tensions surrounding academics’ work, writing, and how these relate to knowledge creation in the contemporary university.

Ibrar hasn’t always worked in Universities. His career began in community learning and Further Education where he taught on Adult ESOL and Literacy courses. It is from this context that his interest in the study of literacies in education began to emerge.

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Professor Rachel Brooks   Professor Rachel Brooks

Council Member

Rachel Brooks is a Professor in Sociology and Associate Dean at the University of Surrey and an executive editor of the British Journal of Sociology of Education. Her research interests lie in the sociology of education and include: higher education; transitions from school to university and from education to work; lifelong learning; international education; citizenship education and political participation; the impact of friends and peers on experiences of education; and education policy.

Rachel is currently leading a large cross-national project (‘EuroStudents‘), which explores how the higher education student is understood in different European countries, and by different social actors. Rachel’s most recent books are Materialities and Mobilities in Education, with Johanna Waters, published in 2017 as part of the Routledge series on the Foundations and Futures of Education, and Student Politics and Protest: International Perspectives, which was published in the Routledge/SRHE series in 2016. She is completing Education and Society: Places, Policies, Processes, which will be published by Palgrave later in 2018.

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Ms Andrea Cameron   Ms Andrea Cameron

Council Member

Andrea Cameron is the Head of School of Social and Health Sciences and the Intellectual Lead for Teaching and Learning at Abertay University. She is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has progressed a number of student experience enhancement issues in the various posts she has held since joining Abertay in 2003. Most recently, she has led strategic initiatives relating to Employability, Academic Tutoring, Embedding Equality and Diversity in the Curriculum, Staff Profiling and Accelerated Degrees.

She maintains an active role in the classroom leading a sport placement module and an institutional Elective module ('Ethical Reasoning for a Global Society'). She has presented and published work in relation to Personal Development Planning, professional reflective practice and heightening employability, inclusion of those with protected characteristics, and closing the attainment gap for those from widening participation backgrounds. Andrea has also been the recipient of awards for her work engaging students with voluntary organisations. She is a Governor of the Dundee Education Trust, a trustee of the Dundee Dragons Wheelchair Sports Club, and an editorial panel member of the Diabetes Wellness News.

Before becoming a sport scientist, Andrea was, and remains, a registered nurse teacher. She continues to produce patient publications for a Diabetes charity. Her interests in heightening skills, competency and employability in graduates derive from her clinical nurse teaching experiences. Andrea is also a mother of one and an accomplished athlete, representing Scotland and England at long distance track events as well as cross-country.

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Professor Rob Cuthbert   Professor Rob Cuthbert

Council Member

Rob Cuthbert is editor of SRHE News and Blog, and emeritus professor of higher education management, with 20 years’ experience as Dean of Education, Pro and Deputy Vice-Chancellor and acting Vice-Chancellor at the University of the West of England. He worked previously at the national Staff College, East London, Middlesex, Bristol, Minnesota and the Open University. He was Senior Associate with the HE Academy, served as a university and college governor, chaired Aimhigher South West, chaired the Improving Dispute Resolution Advisory Service, and served on various national policy committees and groups including the Good Management Practice Studies and HEFCE’s Widening Participation Strategic Committee.

Rob has written and edited 7 books and many articles on HE management, organisation and policy, and journalism for national media including Times Higher Education. He was editor of Higher Education Review 2012-2015. His initiation of marketing approaches in UK HE led to major changes in FE and HE management practice and he helped create a management information system used by over 300 institutions. He was elected Chair of SRHE for 2002-2003 and has been a keynote speaker at national and international HE conferences on higher education policy, management, governance, curriculum, teaching and learning, and quality.

Rob manages the Practical Academics partnership and has worked as a consultant and in management development for governments and HE institutions in Africa, China, Europe, North America, Georgia and Albania. He has been an external examiner for Masters programmes, EdD and PhD candidates in eight universities, and a referee and reviewer for research councils, major UK and European journals, and book publishers.

SRHE Committees:
Member of the Governing Council
Chair of the Publications Committee
Member of the Governance, Management & Finance Committee

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Professor Lesley-Jane Eales-Reynolds   Professor Lesley-Jane Eales-Reynolds

Council Member

National Teaching Fellow, 2001.
Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, 2013.

Professor Lesley-Jane Eales-Reynolds became University Director of Learning, Teaching and Pedagogic Research and Director of the ExPERT Academy in December, 2017, after being coaxed out of retirement. Previously she was a Deputy, Vice Chancellor for a London University, Director of Learning, Teaching and Pedagogic Research at the University of Westminster and Director of a Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching at the University of Portsmouth. She received her BSc in Microbiology from the University of Wales and her PhD in Immunology from the University of Bath. After post-doctoral work at the Max Plank institute and St Mary's Hospital, Imperial, (where she co-developed the first AIDS research laboratory in the UK), she joined the University of Surrey.

Previously an RAE 5* immunologist, Professor Reynolds has taught at all levels in a wide range of organizations and is actively involved in pedagogic research focusing on critical thinking and technology-enhanced learning. She has been a reviewer and panel member for the two TEF pilots. Amongst the first to receive a prestigious National Teaching Fellowship and Principal Fellowship of the HEA, she is passionate about Higher Education and its role in social and economic development. In her current role she has responsibility for learning, teaching, pedagogic research, curriculum design and development and academic staff development and works closely with the Vice Chancellors Executive team

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Dr Ourania Filippakou   Dr Ourania Filippakou

Council Member

Ourania Filippakou is Reader in Education at Brunel University London. She did her first degree in Education at the University of the Aegean and, then, obtained a scholarship from the Academy of Athens to do her postgraduate studies at the UCL Institute of Education.

Her main interest is in the theoretical condition of higher education – the theory, the epistemology and the methodology of ‘higher education’ – with particular reference to comparative historical analysis, a perspective that seeks to combine the methods of history with social sciences theories and concepts. She has published in a wide range of journals including Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education; Higher Education; Higher Education Policy; Higher Education Quarterly, Journal of Educational Administration and History, and edited (with Gareth Williams) Higher Education as a Public Good (Bern: Peter Lang, 2014).

She is a co-editor of the British Education Research Journal (BERJ), and co-convenor of the SRHE Theory Network.

SRHE Committees:
Member of the Governing Council
Member of the Research & Development Committee

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Dr Emily Henderson   Dr Emily Henderson

Council Member

Emily Henderson joined the University of Warwick in December 2015 as Assistant Professor of International Education and Development and course leader of MA Global Education and International Development. Prior to this she completed an ESRC PhD studentship at UCL Institute of Education. She is co-convenor of SRHE International Research and Researchers Network and founder and co-convenor of AMIN – Academic Mobilities and Immobilities Network at Warwick. She is author of Gender Pedagogy: Teaching, Learning and Tracing Gender in Higher Education (Palgrave, 2015) and co-editor of Starting with Gender in International Higher Education Research (Routledge, forthcoming). Emily is co-editor of the academic blog Conference Inference: Blogging the World of Conferences, which was launched in 2017.

Emily’s research, which is inherently international in nature, lies in the areas of gender and higher education, particularly the production of knowledge about gender; the academic profession, academic mobility and conferences; poststructuralist and feminist theory and research methodology. Emily’s research projects include a 5-year project on gender and higher education in the state of Haryana, India, and ‘In Two Places at Once’, a study of the impact of caring responsibilities on academics’ conference participation. She previously worked in Togo, Senegal and India, and also has strong links to France, South Africa and the US; she speaks fluent French and Hindi at an advanced level.

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Professor Pauline Kneale   Professor Pauline Kneale

Council Member

Pauline Kneale, awarded a national Teaching Fellowship in 2002, is currently Professor of Pedagogy and Enterprise, and Director of the Pedagogic Research Institute and Observatory (PedRIO) at the University of Plymouth. Previous experience includes Directing the White Rose Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning of Enterprise at the University of Leeds 2005-10, and The Higher Education Academy Subject Centre for Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, (2009-11).

Pauline established and directs PedRIO, one of the six cross Faculty University Institutes. Now in its eighth year, it has an excellent track record in developing staff as pedagogic researchers, and has developed a conference series which attracts staff from many Universities. Pauline’s research focuses on student skills, Masters level teaching, inclusive assessment and student’s experience of University. Recent research publications in collaboration with the PedRIO team and external partners have addressed: transition issues to university; the retention of non-traditional students; evaluating the role and impact of undergraduate research conferences; evaluating the impact of academic development interventions; and the position of pedagogic research in REF2014.

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Professor Sue Law   Professor Sue Law

Council Member

Sue Law is Director of Academic Practice at the University of Leicester. Prior to this, Sue was based at the Higher Education Academy (HEA), where she had strategic responsibility for the Academy’s work in relation to ‘Raising the status of teaching’, ‘Sharing effective practice’ and ‘Institutional strategy and change’.

Before joining the Academy, Sue held various roles in universities, including that of Director of the Centre for Academic Practice (CAP) at the University of Warwick; Head of Research in the Centre for the Study of Higher Education (CSHE) at Coventry University;  and Professor of Education and Head of a large Education department at Nottingham Trent University.

Sue has also been a QAA Auditor and Subject Reviewer and, more recently, was a Specialist Adviser to MPs in the House of Commons Select Committee Inquiry into ‘Students and Universities’, which reported inJuly 2009. She is currently Chair of the national Staff Development Forum (SDF), which comprises 12 regional groupings.

She believes she has benefitted from having a ‘portfolio’ career in education. After teaching in schools and FE/Tertiary colleges as far apart as London, Glasgow, Manchester, Ayrshire and Staffordshire, she went on to work in six very different universities (Keele, Staffordshire, Liverpool, Nottingham Trent, Coventry and Warwick), and in roles which have ranged from part-time lecturing through to senior management.

Sue has co-written three books and numerous articles and her research interests, consultancy and publications have focused predominantly around continuing professional development (CPD) and educational leadership/management, with a particular emphasis on the ways in which effective leadership development can help to create and sustain productive learning environments – for both students and staff.

SRHE Committees:
Member of the Governing Council (January 2010)
Member of the Governance, Management & Finance Committee

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William Locke   Dr William Locke

Council Member

William Locke is Reader in Higher Education Studies, Director of the Centre for Higher Education Studies (CHES) and Deputy Director of the ESRC Centre for Global Higher Education (CGHE) at the UCL Institute of Education, University College London. He is also Director of the MBA in Higher Education Management, the first of its kind in Europe, established in 2002. .

William was formerly Head of Learning and Teaching policy at the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), leading policy on quality, the provision of information, funding for teaching, the control of student numbers and teacher education.

Previously, he was Assistant Director of the Centre for Higher Education Research and Information (CHERI) at the Open University and Deputy Director of Policy Development at Universities UK (UUK). In these roles, he has commissioned and undertaken a range of research and advocated a research-informed approach to policy analysis, development and implementation, which has had direct influence on both UUK and HEFCE, but also the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and other sector bodies, such as the Higher Education Academy and the Quality Assurance Agency.

His research interests include; the changing academic profession; higher education policy and policy-making; the impact of marketisation (including league tables and other forms of ranking) on higher education institutions and systems; the governance and management of higher education institutions; and conceptions of teaching, learning and students. He is currently Principal Investigator of an ESRC-funded research project on The Future Higher Education Workforce and Co-investigator of an ESRC-funded research project on Brexit, Trade, Migration and Higher Education.

He is co-ordinating editor of Changing Governance and Management in Higher Education: The Perspectives of the Academy, which was awarded Best Comparative Higher Education Book in 2011 by the U.S. Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) Higher Education Special Interest Group. He has a wide range of other publications, including journal articles, book chapters and policy reports and has given keynote presentations at international conferences in North America, Japan, China, Australia and throughout Europe.

SRHE Committees:
Member of the Governing Council (Jan 2010)
Member of the Publications Committee

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Karen Smith   Dr Karen Smith

Council Member

Karen Smith is Principal Lecturer in Collaborative Research and Development in the School of Education at the University of Hertfordshire. Her role focusses on leading and supporting collaborative research with external partners (local authorities, public services, and other organisations) and the research projects are designed to impact directly on policy and practice.

Her personal research is centred around how higher education policies and practices impact on those who work and study within the university system. Her work has focused specifically on transnational educators, international students, educational developers and innovative practitioners and has demonstrated how their experience of university is shaped by its policies, procedures and initiatives. In 2009 was awarded the Society for Research into Higher Education's Newer Researcher prize.

Karen's work draws on a range of research methods (e.g. in-depth interviewing, activity-based focus groups, questionnaires) but she is particularly interested in drawing on relatively underused methods within higher education research (i.e. the biographical narrative interpretive method (BNIM) and critical discourse analysis (CDA) and exploring their potential for this field. She sits on the Editorial Boards for Enhancing Learning in the Social Sciences, Higher Education Teaching and Learning and Teaching in Higher Education. .

SRHE Committees:
Member of the Governing Council (January 2013)
Member of the Publications Committee

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