Institute of Education


Centre for Higher Education Studies

A scholarly hub for researchers, policy makers and practitioners.

Director: Dr Tatiana Fumasoli

The Centre for Higher Education Studies (CHES) was founded in 1986 and researches higher education systems and policy, institutions and their governance and management, internationalisation and globalisation of knowledge production, and learning, teaching and assessment.

Areas of activity

    • Post-graduate education
    • Doctoral supervision
    • Research and consultancy
    • Conferences and seminars
    • Short courses and professional development
      Our staff

      Director: Dr Tatiana Fumasoli

      The CHES Team

      Professor Claire Callender
      Dr Vincent Carpentier
      Dr Tatiana Fumasoli
      Dr Gwyneth Hughes
      Professor Simon Marginson
      Professor Emeritus Sir Peter Scott
      Dr Holly Smith
      Dr Celia Whitchurch


      Fatiha El-Ghorri

      Visiting academics

      Professor Robert Behrens, Visiting Professor
      Professor Michael Shattock, Visiting Professor

      Emeriti Professors

      Professor Emeritus Ron Barnett
      Dr Paul Temple, Reader Emeritus
      Professor Emeritus Gareth Williams

      We welcome academic visitors from across the UK and from around the world, for further information contact Dr Tatiana Fumasoli.

      We also have a number of CHES Associates who work with us on different activities.

      CHES Associates

      Professor Mary Henkel, Visiting Professorial Fellow, UCL Institute of Education
      Dr Terri Kim, University of East London
      Professor Ian McNay, Emeritus Professor, University of Greenwich
      Graeme Wise, Assistant Director - Head of Policy, Universities Alliance

      See UCL Research Portal, IRIS for more information about our researchers, publications, activities, groups and themes.

      Study with us

      Graduate taught

      Thank you for your interest in the Higher Education Studies MA and the Higher Education Management MBA programmes. Applications have been suspended for the academic year 2019/20 as part of on-going curriculum development in our department - occasionally it is necessary to suspend programmes in order to allow us to review our offer.

      If you have any questions or would like to be informed about the on-going curriculum development, do not hesitate to contact the relevant programme administrator:

      Graduate research

      Students undertaking doctoral research at CHES investigate topics such as higher education policy, university governance and management, teaching and learning.

      To find a supervisor, contact a departmental graduate tutor:

      Professional development

      We run short courses in the UK and abroad on higher education systems and policy, institutions and their governance and management, internationalisation and globalisation of knowledge production, and learning, teaching and assessment.


      Our centre conducts funded research into higher education.


      Recent projects include:


          We also produce books and papers as a contribution to the research literature and other research and scholarly output.

          For full details see:


          We undertake a wide range of consultancy projects, from one day to several months duration.


          Major themes CHES has recently worked on include:

          • theoretical and conceptual issues in higher education
          • national and international policy
          • higher education operational management
          • HE in further education institutions
          • professional identities
          • the academic profession
          • and part-time HE.


          Recent consultancy clients include:

          • Higher Education Academy
          • HEFCE
          • the Leadership Foundation
          • the NCDER (China), the DEST (Australia)
          • the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
          • the World Bank
          • a variety of universities
          • and other HE bodies in the UK and abroad.

          See more:

          Seminar Series

          CHES seminar series

          The CHES seminars provide a forum for debate and analysis of issues affecting policy, practice and research in higher education, supporting the exchange of views and experiences across higher education.

          Doctoral seminar series

          This doctoral seminar series offers an opportunity for PhD and EdD students in the field of Higher Education Studies to present their research: in the beginning illustrating their literature reviews and research questions towards the upgrade, at an intermediate stage on theoretical, analytical and methodological issues and towards the end of their doctorate to report and discuss their findings.

          Doctoral students, research associates and members of the faculty are welcome to attend and contribute to the ongoing conversation on higher education at IOE.

          If you are interested in delivering a presentation in the 2018/19 CHES Doctoral Seminar Series, please contact Dr Tatiana Fumasoli.

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