IOE - Faculty of Education and Society


The public good role of higher education

27 March 2024, 9:00 am–5:45 pm

Columbia University. Image credit: Scarlet Sappho via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0).

Join this event to hear speakers discuss the public good role of higher education.

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to







Emily Betz


Drama Studio
20 Bedford Way

This conference will discuss the ESRC Centre for Global Higher Education's Project 8: Local and Global Public Good of Higher Education, a 10-nation study.


  • Simon Marginson is Professor of Higher Education at the University of Oxford.
  • Vincent Carpentier is a Reader in History of Education at IOE, UCL’s Faculty of Education and Society.
  • Elisa Brewis is a Research Associate at CGHE. 
  • Aline Courtois is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Education at the University of Bath.
  • Lin Tian is a Research Associate on CGHE Project 8.
  • Lili Yang is an assistant professor at Faculty of Education, the University of Hong Kong.
  • Michael Shattock is a Visiting Professor at UCL Institute of Education and an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Education at Oxford. 
  • Debbie McVitty is Editor of Wonkhe.
  • Chris Millward is Professor of Practice in Education Policy at the University of Birmingham where he leads a group of researchers working on educational equity in policy and practice.
  • Olga Munn is a co-convenor of the Philosophy of Education Reading Group at the Department of Education at the University of Oxford.
  • Dorothy Ferary is Vice Rector for Research, Community Engagement, and Collaboration at Satya Terra Bhinneka University, Indonesia.
  • Professor Melanie Walker is a graduate of the University of KwaZulu-Natal and the University of Cape Town.
  • Jamie Arrowsmith leads Universities UK International (UUKi) which exists to enable UK universities to flourish internationally through their unique ability to represent them and act in their collective interests.
  • Hilligje van’t Land serves the global higher education community as Secretary General of the International Association of Universities (IAU).
  • Carolina Guzmán-Valenzuela is a full time professor at the Universidad de Tarapacá in Chile.
  • Krystian Szadkowski is senior researcher at Scholarly Communication Research Group, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań (Poland).
  • Rebecca Schendel is Managing Director of the Center for International Higher Education at Boston College (USA).
  • Darcie Jones is the current Vice President Education at the University of Plymouth Students Union.

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

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