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Former Convenors

Ourania Filippakou
Email: ourania.filippakou@brunel.ac.uk

Gert Biesta
Email: Gert.Biesta@brunel.ac.uk

David Aldridge
Email: David.Aldridge@brunel.ac.uk

The group’s mission is to contribute to the development of the higher education research community locally, nationally and internationally. During the near half-century since SRHE was established, books, journals and courses on higher education have increased spectacularly. However, as an area of academic work, what is published tends to be either descriptive or prescriptive. Should there be a theoretical approach, it is invariably derived from other disciplines such as philosophy, sociology, psychology, politics and economics. The subject’s lack of a clear identity is shown by the location of many leading higher education research centres in broad-based education departments and sometimes even in business or management schools.

It is intended that four overarching themes will provide its initial focus:

  • Reflecting on ways of researching higher education;
  • The place of conceptual analysis and its relationship to theorisation in understanding higher education;
  • Theorising higher education as an aid to understanding the policy process
  • Ideas of/for higher education and the university in the 21st century.

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Interested in the tensions and possibilities afforded by academic freedom in a higher education classroom? please join our @SRHE73 LTA network event @EmilyDanvers @alexandra_owen

Just a reminder that @Heijinxs & I are hosting a book launch for 'Poetry and Pedagogy in Higher Education' (@policypress ) on Thursday 6th June 12:00 - 13:00 BST with @SRHE73. Launch is free, with 50% off book vouchers for all attendees! Register here:

Thrilled to share my new paper co-authored with @SmithySusanA and published in @SRHE73 journal Higher Education Quarterly. 'The instrumental academic: Collegiality and the value of academic citizenship in contemporary higher education'

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