The Centre for Global Higher Education (CGHE) is the largest research centre in the world specifically focused on higher education and its future development. 


Our research integrates local, national and global perspectives and aims to inform and improve higher education policy and practice.

Report finds little evidence for the benefits of for-profit higher education outside the UK

A report published today by the Centre for Global Higher Education shows that the growth of the private higher education sector, especially the for-profits, has led to few improvements in the quality of provision. Read the full article

The dream is over – new book by Simon Marginson

A new book by Simon Marginson, The dream is over: the crisis of Clark Kerr’s California idea of higher education, tells the story of the 1960 Master Plan for Higher Education in California, created by visionary University of California President Clark Kerr and his contemporaries.

Paul Ashwin on teaching excellence

Professor Paul Ashwin opened the UK Council for Graduate Education’s 2016 annual conference with a presentation in which he discussed reflective teaching and teaching excellence. Read the full article

The methodology and results of ShanghaiRanking’s global ranking of engineering

In a CGHE working paper, Professor Nian Cai Liu from Shanghai Jiao Tong University discusses the methodology and results of ShanghaiRanking’s recent Global Ranking of Academic Disciplines 2016, focusing specifically on the ranking for engineering. Read more about the research

Has the expansion of higher education in China created equal opportunities?

In a CGHE working paper, Professor Ka Ho Mok and Dr Jin Jiang examine the extent to which the massification of higher education in China has created greater challenges for university admissions and graduate employment. Read more about the research

ESRC Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Longitudinal Postdoctoral Fellowships Scheme

Applications are open for the ESRC Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Longitudinal Postdoctoral Fellowships Scheme. These postdoctoral awards provide funding for up to one year full-time, or two years part-time, at one of the Bloomsbury DTC’s research institutions. Find out more about the awards

Upcoming seminars

CGHE seminar 23 – Costs, efficiency and economies of scale and scope in the English HE sector
Geraint Johnes (Lancaster University)
1 September, 12.30-2pm

CGHE seminar 24 – Zones of exclusion: is research eminence antithetical to inclusive access in the United States?
Brendan Cantwell (Michigan State University) and Barrett Taylor (University of North Texas)
8 September, 12.30-2pm

CGHE seminar 25 – Representing the international student: the ethical implications of UK policy rationales
Sylvie Lomer (University of Northampton)
15 September, 12.30-2pm

CGHE seminar 26 – Educating university students for innovative societies
Stéphan Vincent-Lancrin (OECD)
22 September, 12.30-2pm

CGHE seminar 27 – Mergers in higher education: implications for efficiency
Jill Johnes (University of Huddersfield)
29 September, 12.30-2pm

CGHE seminar 28 – Stern report on the REF
James Wilsdon (University of Sheffield) and David Price (UCL) with others TBC
6 October, exact time TBC

CGHE seminar (title TBC)
Paul Ashwin (Lancaster University)
20 October, 12.30-2pm

CGHE seminar – The regional factor in global higher education
Susan Robertson and colleagues (University of Bristol)
27 October, 12.30-2pm

CGHE seminar – Growth of the global higher education estate: challenges ahead
Alexi Marmot (UCL Institute of Education)
3 November, 12.30-2pm

CGHE seminar – How English domiciled graduate earnings vary with gender, institution attended, subject and socio-economic background
Anna Vignoles (University of Cambridge)
10 November, 12.30-2pm

CGHE seminar (title TBC)
James Wilsdon (University of Sheffield)
24 November, 12.30-2pm

CGHE seminar – Should governments worry about graduate underemployment?
Francis Green (Centre for Global Higher Education)
1 December, 12.30-2pm

CGHE seminar – Constructing the higher education student: comparisons across and within European nations
Rachel Brooks (University of Surrey)
15 December, 12.30-2pm