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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.

Follow Us

English higher education policy: hope and pay
- SRHE News editorial piece by @RobCuthbert now available from http://www.srheblog.com

“The Golden Guests”? International Faculty in Mainland Chinese Universities. The final report from this SRHE funded study by @giuliomarini @IOE_London and @Xinxulily @ResearchCGHE @OxfordDeptofEd is now available from https://srhe.ac.uk/research/completed-award-reports/

SRHE Fellow Peter Scott examines the development of mass higher education and proposes a ‘radical escape-forward’ in his new book entitled Retreat or Resolution? Tackling the Crisis of Mass Higher Education https://policy.bristoluniversitypress.co.uk/retreat-or-resolution

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