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 Directors: Professor Claire Callender and Dr William Locke

The Centre for Global Higher Education (CGHE) is an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) centre that is funded for the period 2015-2019. Its three research programmes began work in October 2015.

CGHE is an ESRC foundation that is 50% funded by the Higher Education Funding Council of England (HEFCE).  It is a partnership led by the UCL Institute of Education that includes Lancaster University, the University of Sheffield and eight international universities.


  • 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
  • Maximize its impacts in higher education policy in the four UK nations and worldwide.
Our staff

CGHE Management Committee

Professor Simon Marginson, University of Oxford
Professor Claire Callender, UCL Institute of Education and Birkbeck
Dr William Locke, UCL Institute of Education
Professor Paul Ashwin, Lancaster University
Professor Gareth Parry, University of Sheffield
Professor Ellen Hazelkorn, Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland
Professor Peter Scott, UCL Institute of Education
Professor Francis Green, UCL Institute of Education

Chair of the CGHE Board

Professor Bob Burgess

Other Researchers

Bruce Chapman, Professor of Economics, Australian National University
Celia Whitchurch, Senior Lecturer, UCL Institute of Education
Diana Laurillard, Professor, London Knowledge Lab, UCL Institute of Education
Emla Fitzsimons, Professor of Economics, UCL Institute of Education
Futao Huang, Professor, Hiroshima University, Japan
Gill Wyness, Lecturer, UCL Institute of Education
Jan McArthur, Lecturer, Lancaster University
Jennifer Case, Professor, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Ka Ho Mok, Chair Professor, The Hong Kong Institute of Education
Lorraine Dearden, Professor of Economics, UCL Institute of Education
Mike Shattock, Visiting Professor, UCL Institute of Education
Nian Cai Liu, Professor, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
Robert Tijssen, Professor, Leiden University,  Netherlands
Vincent Carpentier, Reader, UCL Institute of Education

Find more about our researchers, publications, activities, groups and themes: UCL Research Portal, IRIS


Our centre is grounded in three overarching and interfaced principles:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

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

1. Globalisation, UK Higher Education and the Public Contributions of HEIs

Programme Leader: Simon Marginson

  • Local and global public good contributions of higher education: a comparative study in six national systems (Professor Simon Marginson, with Dr Vincent Carpentier, UCL Institute of Education, Professor Futao Huang Hiroshima, University Japan, and Professor Niancai Liu, Shanghai Jiao Tong University China)
  • Higher education's engagement with industry:  Metrics and indicators of boundary spanning UK academics (Professor Robert Tijssen, Leiden University Netherlands)
  • Financial sustainability of English higher education in comparative context (Professor Bruce Chapman, Australian National University)
  • University governance, local embeddedness and global engagement in the UK and Europe (Professor Peter Scott, UCL Institute of Education, with Professor Ellen Hazelkorn, Dublin Institute of Technology Ireland, and Professor Mike Shattock, UCL Institute of Education)
  • UK international graduates in East Asia: Careers, earnings, jobs, mobility (Professor Ka Ho Mok, Hong Kong Institute of Education)

2. Socio-economic Implications of High Participation Higher Education

Programme Leader: Claire Callender

  • Higher education participation and macro-economic fluctuations: An historical and comparative study (Dr Vincent Carpentier, UCL Institute of Education)
  • 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, UCL Institute of Education, with Professor Emla Fitzsimons, UCL Institute of Education, Dr Gill Wyness, UCL Institute of Education, Professor Alissa Goodman, UCL Institute of Education
  • Heterogeneity of the graduate labour market in UK and Europe (Professor Francis Green, UCL Institute of Education)
  • Graduate perceptions of the impact of debt in the USA and England (Professor Claire Callender UCL Institute of Education/Birkbeck and Professor Don Heller Michigan State University USA)

3. Institutions, People and Learning in Local/Global Higher Education Settings

Programme Leader: Gareth Parry

  • Alternative, emerging and cross-border higher education provision and its relationship with mainstream higher education (Professor Gareth Parry, University of Sheffield, with Dr William Locke, UCL Institute of Education and Professor Peter Peter Scott, UCL Institute of Education)
  • The future higher education workforce in locally and globally engaged HEIs (Dr William Locke, UCL Institute of Education, Dr Celia Whitchurch, UCL Institute of Education)
  • Knowledge, curriculum and student agency (Professor Paul Ashwin, Lancaster University with Professor Jenni Case, University of Cape Town South Africa, and Dr Jan McArthur, Lancaster University)
  • The transformative potential of MOOCs and contrasting online pedagogies (Professor Diana Laurillard, UCL Institute of Education)

See also:

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


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