Project 6

The impact of locality and region on university governance

This project was a continuation of CGHE Project 1.4, ‘The governance of higher education in Europe and the UK.’ It supplemented this previous research with further interviews to study the interactions and relationships between universities and their regions/localities and their implications for questions of governance.

About this project

Our previous project explored the governance of UK and European higher education leading to the publication of The Governance of British Higher Education: the impact of governmental, financial and market pressures (Michael Shattock and Aniko Horvath) Bloomsbury Academic 2019 which is to be followed by a further book on European governance of higher education.

The study will be based mainly on the UK but will draw on contrasting approaches to regional/higher education relationships in Ireland, Germany and Norway. It will also benefit from research undertaken on the FE/HE interface which will throw light on relationships, formal and informal, between universities and colleges and the impact this may have on the character of local engagement. The study will explore how far institutional/regional relationships are differentiated between different types of universities and will consider what structural changes in UK governance arrangements might offer a context for deepening regional/university partnership.


Professor Michael Shattock
University of Oxford
Michael Shattock is a Visiting Professor at UCL Institute of Education and an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Education at Oxford. He was formerly Registrar of the University of Warwick. He holds Honorary Degrees from Aberdeen, Leicester, Reading and Warwick Universities and from the University of Education, Ghana and is an OBE. He led the Governance group within CGHE which has been responsible for the following books published by Bloomsbury: The Governance of British Higher Education—The impact of governmental, financial and market pressures (2019), The Governance of European Higher Education—Convergence or Divergence? (2023), and Universities and Regions—The impact of locality and region on university governance and strategies (2023).
Dr Aniko Horvath
VU Amsterdam
Aniko Horvath is a CGHE Co-Investigator on Project 6, ‘The impact of locality and region on university governance’.
Jürgen Enders
University of Bath
Jürgen Enders is Professor at the School of Management, University of Bath, UK. His academic interest is focused on the study of institutional change in the field of universities, and their role in society and economy. He has written and (co)edited 15 books and published more than 150 articles in books and journals including Organization Studies, Public Management, Public Management Review, Studies in Higher Education, Higher Education and Scientometrics. He is member of the editorial board of the journals Higher Education and European Journal of Higher Education. Elsevier and University of Stanford released data has recently named him among the top 2% of most highly cited academics in the world in the social sciences. Jürgen is an affiliate of the Center for Global Higher Education, Fellow of the Academia Europaea and of the German Academe of Science and Engineering, and Honorary Fellow of the Society for Research in Higher Education.
Ellen Hazlekorn
BH Associates and TU Dublin
Professor Ellen Hazelkorn is Joint Managing Partner, BH Associates education consultants. She is Professor emeritus, Technological University Dublin (Ireland), and Joint Editor, Policy Reviews in Higher Education. She is a member of the CGHE Leadership Forum and Research Fellow, Centre for International Higher Education, Boston College. Ellen is, inter alia, a member of the Quality Board for Icelandic Higher Education, the EU Higher Education for Smart Specialisation (HESS) Advisory Group, and the Committee for Strategic Advice, EURASHE – the European Association of Institutions in Higher Education. She was a member of the Commission for the College of the Future (UK) and the Tertiary Education Future Initiative (Royal Society of Edinburgh & Young Academy of Scotland). She reviewed Post-Compulsory Education in Wales recommending the Commission for Tertiary Education and Research (CTER), now being established by the Welsh Government. Ellen Hazelkorn is a member of the CGHE Research Management Committee and a CGHE Co-Investigator on Project 6, ‘The impact of locality and region on university governance’.


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Additional publications