Book Launch

Book launch special event: The Governance of British Higher Education – The impact of governmental, financial and market pressures (35% book discount for attendees)

  • Thursday, 10 Oct 2019 18:00 - 19:30
  • Clarke Hall, UCL Institute of Education

To mark the launch of the new book from CGHE’s Michael Shattock and Aniko Horvath – The Governance of British Higher Education: The Impact of Governmental, Financial and Market PressuresCGHE will be hosting a special panel discussion on the impact governance at national and institutional levels makes on British higher education.

Launch attendees will receive a 35% discount on the book.

Book your place here.

Professor Marginson will be joined by Professor Mary Stuart CBE, Vice Chancellor of the University of Lincoln and David Palfreyman OBE, the Bursar of New College Oxford and Director of the Oxford Centre for Higher Education Policy Studies (OxCHEPS).

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 both of the external governance of higher education institutions and how universities govern themselves.

You can pre-order the book here and further details of the chapters can be found here.


It is free to attend, but booking is required.

Simon Marginson

Simon Marginson

Simon Marginson is Professor of Higher Education at the University of Oxford, Director of the ESRC/OFSRE Centre for Global Higher Education (CGHE), Joint Editor-in-Chief of Higher Education, and Lead Researcher with Higher School of Economics in Moscow. Simon’s research is focused primarily on global and international higher education, the contributions of higher education and higher education as a public and common good, and higher education and social inequality. At Oxford he leads the MSc (Education) subject on ‘Global higher education’. His recent books include Higher Education in Federal Countries, edited with Martin Carnoy, Isak Froumin and Oleg Leshukov (Sage, 2018) and High Participation Systems of Higher Education, edited with Brendan Cantwell and Anna Smolentseva (Oxford University Press, 2018).

Mary Stuart

Mary Stuart

Professor Mary Stuart is Vice Chancellor of the University of Lincoln. She is a graduate of the University of Cape Town, SA and the Open University, UK where she obtained her Doctorate in Social Policy in 1998. Her research interests are focused on social mobility and higher education, Life Histories and Civic Engagement and Leadership in 21st Century organisations.

David Palfreyman

David Palfreyman

David Palfreyman, OBE, is the Bursar of and a Fellow of New College, University of Oxford. He is also the Director of the Oxford Centre for Higher Education Policy Studies (OxCHEPS), and a member of the OfS Board as well as being the Honorary Treasurer of SRHE and a Visiting Professor in HE Law and Policy at Hunan Normal University, China. David’s latest publication is Universities and Colleges: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2017), and recent publications include: ‘The Law of Higher Education’ (OUP, 2012; third edition due 2020) and ‘Reshaping the University: The Rise of the Regulated Market in Higher Education’ (OUP, 2014).

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