Fellowship of the Society for Research into Higher Education

Fellowship is recognition for those who have made a significant contribution in the field of research into higher education, awarded to members of the Society who have achieved a substantial reputation based on a significant body of work achieved over a period of time. Fellows may take on an advisory role to help develop the work of the Society.

Current Fellows and Honorary Fellows

Name Affiliation Appointed
Professor Marcia Devlin Federation University Australia January 2014
Professor Lee Harvey Copenhagen Business School, Denmark January 2013
Professor Monica Mclean University of Nottingham January 2013
Professor Patrick Ainley University of Greenwich January 2012
Professor Carole Leathwood London Metropolitan University January 2012
Professor Jeroen Huisman University of Bath January 2012
Professor Lynn McAlpine University of Oxford/ McGill January 2012
Professor Rob Cuthbert University of West of England January 2011
Professor Claire Callender University of London, Birkbeck & Institute of Education January 2011
Professor Paul Trowler University of Lancaster January 2011
Professor Ian McNay University of Greenwich January 2011
Professor Rosemary Deem Royal Holloway, London January 2010
Professor Kerri-Lee Krause Griffith University Australia January 2010
Professor Robin Middlehurst University of Kingston, UK January 2010
Professor Ulrich Teichler University Kassel January 2009
Professor Angela Brew University of Sydney January 2008
Professor Gunnar Handal University of Oslo January 2008
Professor Dai Hounsell University of Edinburgh January 2008
Professor Louise Morley University of Sussex January 2008
Professor Michael Shattock Institute of Education University of London January 2008
Professor Mantz Yorke Lancaster University January 2008
Professor John Brennan Centre for Higher Education Research Information, Open University January 2006
Professor Oliver Fulton University of Lancaster January 2006
Professor Malcolm Tight University of Lancaster January 2006
Professor Simon Marginson University of Sydney, Australia January 2004
Professor Gareth Parry University of Sheffield January 2004
Mr John Skelton Milton Keynes January 2004
Professor Noel Entwistle University of Edinburgh January 2002
Professor David Dill University of North Carolina January 2001
Professor James Ratcliffe Pennsylvannia State University January 2001
Ms Harriet Croft Bristol January 2000
Dr Peter Maassen University of Oslo, Norway January 2000
Professor Ronald Barnett Institute of Education, University of London January 1998
Professor Mary Henkel Brunel University January 1998
Dr Marianne Bauer University of Gothenburg January 1997
Professor Ingrid Moses University of New England January 1996
Professor Sheldon Rothblatt University of California January 1996
Professor Sinclair Goodlad Imperial College London January 1993
Professor Ference Marton University of Gothenburg January 1992
Professor David Boud University of Technology Sydney January 1991
Professor John Pratt University of East London January 1991
Professor Sir Peter Scott Kingston University January 1991
Professor Alan Smithers University of Buckingham January 1991


Honorary Fellows
Name Appointed
Professor Christine Musselin 2014
Professor Jurgen Enders 2011
Professor Michael Peters 2010

Fellows archive

1954 – 2009

Burton “Bob” Clark earned his Ph.D. in Sociology at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1954. Clark was the first incumbent of the Allan M. Cartter Professorship and served in that post until his formal retirement as Professor Emeritus of Higher Education and Sociology, UCLA. During his career, he taught at five American research universities in departments of sociology and graduate schools of education: Stanford University (Sociology, 1953-1956); Harvard University (Education, 1956-1958); UC Berkeley (Education, 1958-1966); Yale University (Sociology, 1966-1980); and UCLA (Education, 1980-1991). Clark was one of the first sociologists to study higher education from a global perspective. He became a Distinguished Member of the European Association for Institutional Research in 1997. The following year he received the Comenius Medal from UNESCO and was awarded honorary doctoral degrees from the universities of Strathclyde (1998) and Turku (2000).

1923 – 2018

Lewis Richard Benjamin Elton was a German-born British physicist and researcher into education, specialising in higher education.

He was Professor of Physics at Battersea College of Technology from 1964 until 1970. He founded the Institute of Educational Technology in 1967, the first of its kind. He became Professor of Higher Education in 1970, a post he held until 1988.

In 1994 he was appointed Professor of Higher Education at University College London, where he founded the Higher Education Research and Development Unit (now the Centre for the Advancement of Learning and Teaching). He became an honorary professor there in 2003. He was appointed Visiting Professor of Higher Education at Manchester University in August 2005.

Read a full tribute to Lewis via https://srheblog.com/tag/lewis-elton/ 

1949 – 2022

Professor John  Richardson enjoyed a distinguished career, first in cognitive psychology and lately as a student-centred higher education researcher. He was a leading contributor to the development of the UK’s National Student Survey and a greater understanding of students from traditionally underrepresented groups.

John was the Associate Editor for the SRHE Journal Studies in Higher Education from 2012 – 2020. A highly respected scholar he also authored several titles for the SRHE & Open University press, and later in the SRHE book series.

Read a tribute to John by Bart Rienties at https://www.theguardian.com/education/2022/jun/03/john-richardson-obituary

Ted Tapper was longstanding supporter of the Society for Research into Higher Education, known not only for his influential writings but also his generous support for so many colleagues in the field.

Ted Tapper spent most of his academic career at the University of Sussex (1968-2003). He was an Emeritus Professor of Politics, University of Sussex, and also held a research professorship at the Oxford Centre for Higher Education Policy Studies (OxCheps) which is based at New College, Oxford. At Sussex he was a member of the Department of International Relations and Politics, completing his career as departmental chair. He was also Series Editor for the Routledge comparative series, ‘International Studies in Higher Education’ alongside David Palfreyman and Scott Thomas (Claremont Graduate University, California).

A fuller tribute to Ted can be found at: https://srhe.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2023/08/Ted-Tapper.pdf Originally published in SRHE News.

1949 – 2015

Professor Sir David John Watson was a British academic and educationalist. He was Director of Brighton Polytechnic from 1990 to 1992 and Vice-Chancellor of its successor the University of Brighton from 1992 to 2005. In 2005 he was appointed Professor of Higher Education Management at the Institute of Education and was Course Director of the Institute’s MBA in Higher Education Management. Between 2010 and 2015 he was Principal of Green Templeton College, Oxford and Professor of Higher Education at the University of Oxford. David was a committed supporter of the work of the Society for Research into Higher Education and the Society’s President from 2005 to 2012.

Read a Tribute to David written by Paul Temple via https://srheblog.com/2015/05/05/david-watson-1949-2015-a-tribute/#more-302 and https://srheblog.com/2015/02/10/professor-david-watson-1949-2015/

1935 – 2021 

Gareth Williams began his career at St John’s College, Cambridge where he read economics. On graduation he was appointed to a research post at the Agricultural Economics Research Unit at Oxford. From there he moved on to the economics of education, in a post in OECD working on econometric models of education, including the application of forecasting models.

In 1968 he became Joint Director of the Higher Education Research Unit, which had transferred to LSE. Five years later at the age of 37 he was appointed at Lancaster as Professor of Educational Planning and Director of the Institute for Research and Development in Post Compulsory Education. In 1984 he accepted an invitation to join the Institute of Education (now part of UCL) as Professor of Educational Administration where he established the Centre for Higher Education Studies (CHES) which became a leading centre for research and policy studies in the field. On his retirement Ron Barnett, Paul Temple and Peter Scott edited a festschrift, Valuing Higher Education (UCL Institute of Education Press 2016) which brought together contributions from academic colleagues from around the world stimulated by his work.

Read a full tribute to Gareth via: https://srheblog.com/2021/09/28/professor-gareth-williams-his-contribution-to-british-higher-education/

Lifetime achievement

1923 – 2013

Renate Simpson, graduate of the London School of Economics, authored published research on postgraduate education since the 1960s, first with Ernest Rudd in the Unit for Research into Higher Education at the University of Essex, and then in Cuba and the Philippines. The Society for Research into Higher Education published her monograph How the PhD came to Britain in 1983, and she provided the historical section of the Winfield Report The Social Science PhD in 1987.

Renate was born in Berlin in 1923, and was exiled to London with her mother and siblings in 1934.


Fuller accounts of Renate’s life and achievements can be found at:




Professor and Foundation Director of the LH Martin Institute, Lynn was previously Professor and Director of the Centre for Higher Education Management and Policy at the University of New England. Having completed a PhD in the sociology of higher education at the University of Cambridge, he had almost three decades experience researching higher education policy issues.

Lynn was the Editor-in-Chief for SRHE journal Studies in Higher Education from 2012 – 2020. He was on the editorial board of several international journals and book series and worked with such international agencies as UNESCO and the OECD.

Read a full tribute to Lynn via https://srhe.ac.uk/in-memoriam-vincent-lynn-meek/

SRHE Fellows Event – 27 June 2013

The opening presentation and audio podcast from Fellow and now Vice-President of the Society, Professor Sir Peter Scott from the UCL Institute of Education, London are available here:

SRHE Fellows event 2013.