IOE - Faculty of Education and Society


Centre for Higher Education Studies

A scholarly hub for researchers, policy makers and practitioners.

Director: Professor Tatiana Fumasoli

The Centre for Higher Education Studies (CHES) was founded in 1986 and investigates higher education systems and policy, institutions and their governance and management, internationalisation and globalisation of knowledge production, as well as research and academic careers in the knowledge society.

Our staff


The CHES Team

Associate Members


  • Crystal Pereira

PhD students

Study with us


Graduate taught

CHES offers two modules:

  • Strategy in Higher Education (Term 2), module leader: Professor Tatiana Fumasoli.
  • Comparative International Perspectives in Higher Education (Term3), module leaders: Professor Paul Morris and Dr Vincent Carpentier.

The MA Higher Education, currently being revised, is due to start enrolling students in the academic year 2024/2025.

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:

Short courses

We run the short course Leaders in University Management (LiUM), both online and at the Bloomsbury campus.


Our research

CHES conducts several research projects that can be viewed here.


We undertake a wide range of consultancy projects on the topic of policy, governance, management and organisation of Higher Education. CHES is leading an international team of experts in a World Bank project on internationalisation of higher education in Georgia (2023-2025, €976,209).

Research events

CHES research events

These events provide a forum for academic debate, policy analysis and practice insight in higher education and supporting the exchange of theories, methods and data across the social sciences.

We run three types of research events:

  • Symposia: international academics and experts meet to present papers and to discuss future research agendas.
  • Seminars: a top scholar presents a piece of their research.
  • Doctoral seminars: PhD and EdD students in the field of higher education studies present their ongoing research.

If you would like to present your research as part of the CHES research events, please contact: ioe.ches_seminar@ucl.ac.uk

See forthcoming research events

Public engagement

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Forthcoming events

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