Institute of Education


Centre for Global Higher Education

Dedicated to the systematic investigation of higher education and its future.

Director: Professor Simon Marginson (University of Oxford)

Deputy Director: Professor Claire Callender 

The Centre for Global Higher Education (CGHE) is an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) centre that is funded by the ESRC, the Office for Students and Research England for the period 2015-2020. Its three research programmes began work in November 2015.

CGHE is a research partnership of international universities. Its three research programmes integrate local, national and global perspectives, and its researchers are based in nine countries across five continents: Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and North America.

About us

  • Conduct and publish basic and applied research in three integrated programmes
  • Build theory about higher education and new methods of inquiry and research
  • Respond to issues arising within the frame of the three programmes
  • Maximise its impacts in higher education policy in the four UK nations and worldwide. 

Our centre is grounded in three overarching and interfaced principles:

Global Higher Education Engagement

Higher education is primarily national and becoming rapidly globalised. Higher education fosters the internationalisation of the UK economy and society in Europe but UK higher education is not engaged enough in dynamic East Asia. The UK should be a key contributor to global systems in education and science. It is vital to embed global relations positively, to the benefit of UK communities-to foster a productive local/global nexus.

Social and Economic Impact of Higher Education

Higher education articulates social mobility and position, and it is possible to secure greater equality of opportunity and social mobility. Higher education also shapes conditions for economic production and innovation, in the UK and abroad. Yet the expectations of and outcomes from higher education are often poorly aligned. Higher education policy needs to become better at anticipating its own social and economic effects.

Local Higher Education Engagement

UK higher education is embedded in communities and regions, labour markets, firms and professions, and government. It produces many private goods and (under-recognised) public goods. In future higher education will need to multiply its engagements and impacts; in active reciprocal relations with its stakeholders, especially students; and to monitor and where possible measure engagement and impact.

Our staff

CGHE Research Management Committee

  • Professor Paul Ashwin, Lancaster University
  • Professor Claire Callender, UCL Institute of Education and Birkbeck
  • Professor Francis Green, UCL Institute of Education
  • Professor Ellen Hazelkorn, Dublin Institute of Technology
  • Professor Simon Marginson, University of Oxford
  • Professor Alis Oancea, University of Oxford
  • Dr Vassiliki Papatsbia, University of Sheffield

Chair of the CGHE Advisory Board

  • Professor Sir Bob Burgess

CGHE Communications

  • Trevor Treharne, University of Oxford

CGHE Administrators

  • Eleanor Gaspar, University of Oxford

Other CGHE Co-Investigators 

  • Vikki Boliver, Durham University 
  • Thomas Brotherhood, University of Oxford
  • Vincent Carpentier, UCL Institute of Education
  • Jennifer Case, University of Cape Town and Virginia Tech 
  • Bruce Chapman, Australian National University
  • Lorraine Dearden, UCL Institute of Education
  • Ariane de Gayardon, UCL Institute of Education
  • Stephen DesJardins, University of Michigan
  • Dung Doan, Australian National University
  • Jürgen Enders, University of Bath
  • Emla Fitzsimons, UCL Institute of Education
  • Xiao Han, Lingnan University
  • Morag Henderson, UCL Institute of Education
  • Golo Henseke, UCL Institute of Education
  • Kiyomi Horiuchi, Hiroshima University
  • Aniko Horvath, UCL Institute of Education
  • Futao Huang, Hiroshima University
  • Stephen Hunt, UCL Institute of Education
  • Jin Jiang, Lingnan University
  • Eileen Kennedy, UCL Institute of Education
  • Janja Komljenovic, Lancaster University
  • Diana Laurillard, UCL Institute of Education
  • Nian Cai Liu, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  • William Locke, University of Melbourne
  • Giulio Marini, UCL Institute of Education
  • Jan McArthur, Lancaster University
  • Ka Ho Mok, Lingnan University
  • Rajani Naidoo, University of Bath
  • Kayleigh Rosewell, Lancaster University
  • Mike Shattock, UCL Institute of Education
  • Nikki Shure, UCL Institute of Education
  • Paul Temple, UCL Institute of Education
  • Lin Tian, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  • Robert Tijssen, Leiden University
  • Celia Whitchurch, UCL Institute of Education
  • Gill Wyness, UCL Institute of Education
  • Lili Yang, University of Oxford
  • Alfredo Yegros, Leiden University
Associated organisations
  • GuildHE
  • Higher Education Academy
  • Higher Education Policy Institute
  • Institute for Public Policy Research
  • National Centre for Universities and Business
  • National Union of Students
  • Office for Fair Access
  • Social Market Foundation
  • Society for Research into Higher Education
  • Times Higher Education
  • Universities UK
  • Universities UK International Unit
  • University and College Union
  • Which? The Consumer Association
  • Wonkhe

Our activities 


CGHE consists of three integrated and overlapping research programmes, with distinctive spatial locations. 

Global Higher Education and Engagement

Programme Leader: Simon Marginson

  • Local and global public good contributions of higher education: a comparative study in six national systems (Professor Simon Marginson, Dr Vincent Carpentier, Professor Futao Huang Hiroshima, Professor Nian Cai Liu and Lili Yang)
  • Internationalisation of HE as a public good: a comparative study in four national systems (Simon Marginson, Vincent Carpentier, Futao Huang, Nian Liu and Thomas Brotherhood)
  • Higher education's engagement with industry:  Metrics and indicators of boundary spanning UK academics (Professor Robert Tijssen and Alfredo Yegros)
  • University governance, local embeddedness and global engagement in the UK and Europe (Professor Jurgen Enders, Professor Ellen Hazelkorn and Professor Mike Shattock)
  • UK international graduates in East Asia: Careers, earnings, jobs, mobility (Professor Ka Ho Mok and Jin Jiang)
  • Pathways to personal and public good: understanding access to, student experiences of, and outcomes from South African undergraduate higher education (Paul Ashwin, Jenni Case, Tristan McCowan, Rajani Naidoo and Rebecca Schendel)

Social and Economic Impact of Higher Education

Programme Leader: Claire Callender

  • Higher education participation and macro-economic fluctuations: An historical and comparative study (Dr Vincent Carpentier)
  • Higher education choices and post-higher education destinations to age 25: Parental background and effects of higher education funding reform in the UK (Professor Lorraine Dearden, Professor Emla Fitzsimons, Dr Gill Wyness and Dr Morag Henderson)
  • Heterogeneity of the graduate labour market in UK and Europe (Professor Francis Green and Golo Henseke)
  • The effects of tuition debt on graduate financial and life decisions in UK and USA (Professor Claire Callender and Professor Stephen DesJardins)
  • Sustaining tuition loans (Professor Bruce Chapman, Professor Lorraine Dearden and Dr Dung Doan)

Local Higher Education Engagement

Programme Leader: Paul Ashwin

  • Alternative, emerging and cross-border higher education provision and its relationship with mainstream higher education (Professor Vikki Boliver and Dr Stephen Hunt)
  • The future higher education workforce in locally and globally engaged HEIs (Dr Celia Whitchurch, Professor William Locke and Dr Guilio Marini)
  • Knowledge, curriculum and student agency (Professor Paul Ashwin, Professor Jenni Case and Dr Jan McArthur)
  • The transformative potential of MOOCs and contrasting online pedagogies (Professor Diana Laurillard and Dr Eileen Kennedy)
  • Brexit, trade, migration and higher education (Professor Simon Marginson, Dr Vassiliki Papatsiba and Xin Xu)

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