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CGHE Annual Conference 2024: The future of higher education

15 February 2024, 8:30 am–5:30 pm

View of the globe from space. Photo by NASA on Unsplash

Join this event to hear researchers from the Centre for Global Higher Education (CGHE) as they discuss the results of their work.

This event is free.

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Emily Betz


Jeffery Hall
20 Bedford Way

What do we need from higher education to help us face the challenges of the future? What is the path for education and research through a crisis-ridden world? How can higher education contribute to sustainable societies while equipping those same societies to deal with the climate-nature emergency?

The Centre for Global Higher Education (CGHE) has been funded by the Economic and Social Research Council since November 2015 to tackle those big picture issues on the local, national and global scales.

The conference will take place in a participatory format. Those in attendance will take full part in discussion on the two main questions on which CGHE researchers will present at the conference. The first theme is ‘What are the effects of higher education for graduates?' The conference will share CGHE research on student learning in STEM, graduate employment in the UK and across the world, and the longer-term effects of the student loan burden.

The second theme is ‘Worldwide higher education? What are the similarities and differences between national systems?’ The discussion will be informed by CGHE project research on the supranational higher education space, digital higher education, comparison of research evaluation in different national systems, the public good role of higher education in ten countries, and the longer term pattern of funding and staffing in France and England.

The conference will open with the annual Burton R. Clark lecture on Higher Education, delivered this year by CGHE director Simon Marginson. It will close with a panel of emerging researchers who will talk about future research on higher education.

This in-person event will be particularly useful for researchers, policymakers and graduate students.

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