Institute of Education


Book launch special event: The Governance of British Higher Education

10 October 2019, 6:00 pm–7:30 pm

UCL Portico statue

To mark the launch of Professor Michael Shattock's and Dr Aniko Horvath's new book, a special panel discussion looks at the impact of governance at both national and institutional levels on higher education in Britain.

This event is free.

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Helena Moxon


Clarke Hall
UCL Institute of Education (IOE)
20 Bedford Way

The Governance of British Higher Education: The Impact of Governmental, Financial and Market Pressures is a new publication by Professor Michael Shattock, Visiting Professor at UCL Institute of Education (IOE), and Dr Aniko Horvarth, Research Associate at the Centre for Global Higher Education (CGHE).

The book focuses on the forms of institutional governance that critically shape the culture, creativity and academic outcomes of higher education. It provides a new, updated and research-based account of the changing face of the governance of British higher education.

Historically, British universities were deemed amongst the most, if not the most, autonomous in Europe, with governance rooted in their collegial disciplinary structures. This assessment must now be decisively revised, although the belief systems deriving from it remain buried deep in university culture.

The panel will discuss the investigation of the governance of higher education in the four UK nations and detail how global, national and system-level pressures have changed the face of the external governance of higher education institutions and how universities govern themselves.


  • Professor Simon Marginson, Professor of Higher Education at the University of Oxford and Director of the CGHE
  • Professor Mary Stuart CBE, Vice Chancellor of the University of Lincoln
  • David Palfreyman OBE, the Bursar of New College Oxford and Director of the Oxford Centre for Higher Education Policy Studies (OxCHEPS).