6 December 2023

CGHE annual conference, UCL Institute of Education, Thursday 15 February 2024



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 since November 2015 to tackle those big picture issues on the local, national and global scales.

The centre’s researchers will discuss the results of their work at the final annual CGHE conference under the present ESRC award at the UCL Institute of Education on Thursday 15 February 2024. The award period of CGHE, which is headquartered at the University of Oxford and brings together researchers from ten universities in UK and around the world, ends on 30 April 2024, after which the centre becomes self-funding.

The 2024 CGHE 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, drawing on different lines of research. Theme 1 is ‘What are the effects of higher education for graduates? Here the conference will share the outcomes of 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. Theme 2 is ‘Worldwide higher education? What are the similarities and differences between national systems?’ Here 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.

After the theme presentations by CGHE project leaders the discussion will move into break-out groups and everyone at the conference will have the opportunity to speak.

The conference will open with the annual Burton R. Clark lecture on Higher Education, delivered this year by CGHE director Simon Marginson who is also joint editor-in-chief of Higher Education, the leading journal in the research field. It will close with a panel of emerging researchers who will talk about future research on higher education. The conference is free to all who register.

Read more about the full conference programme and registration details.