Centre for Higher Education Studies
A scholarly hub for researchers, policy makers and practitioners.
Director: William Locke
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: William Locke
The CHES Team
Professor Robert Behrens, Visiting Professor
Professor Michael Shattock, Visiting Professor
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.
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
Our centre is the home for two highly successful and well-regarded taught postgraduate programmes:
The Higher Education Management MBA which was founded in 2002:
The Higher and Professional Education MA, originating from the late 1980s:
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:
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:
- Research on 'Shifting Landscapes: meeting the staff development needs of the changing academic workforce' for the Higher Education Academy
- Discussion document on 'Shifting academic careers: implications for enhancing professionalism in teaching and supporting learning' for the Higher Education Academy
- Review of the National Student Survey for HEFCE, with NatCen and IES
- Managing the Student Experience, for the Higher Education Academy
- Project with LLAKES on student debt, higher education participation and intermediate skills development.
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
- 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 on consultancy case studies.
- 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
The Centre for Higher Education Studies (CHES) doctoral seminar series offers an opportunity for PhD students in the field of higher education studies to present their research and discuss it with other doctoral students, research associates and members of the faculty.
Upcoming seminar dates:
Wednesday 22 November 2017
Wednesday 21 March 2018
Wednesday 13 June 2018
If you are interested in delivering a presentation in the 2017/18 CHES Doctoral Seminar Series, please contact Dr Tatiana Fumasoli.
Published: May 8, 2017 2:56:13 PM
Published: Mar 13, 2017 12:18:25 PM
Paradoxes of competitive accountability: the effects of Research Excellence Framework (REF) to science and society
Starts: Jan 10, 2018 5:30:00 PM