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Former Convenors

Ourania Filippakou
Email: ourania.filippakou@brunel.ac.uk

Gert Biesta
Email: Gert.Biesta@brunel.ac.uk

David Aldridge
Email: David.Aldridge@brunel.ac.uk

The group’s mission is to contribute to the development of the higher education research community locally, nationally and internationally. During the near half-century since SRHE was established, books, journals and courses on higher education have increased spectacularly. However, as an area of academic work, what is published tends to be either descriptive or prescriptive. Should there be a theoretical approach, it is invariably derived from other disciplines such as philosophy, sociology, psychology, politics and economics. The subject’s lack of a clear identity is shown by the location of many leading higher education research centres in broad-based education departments and sometimes even in business or management schools.

It is intended that four overarching themes will provide its initial focus:

  • Reflecting on ways of researching higher education;
  • The place of conceptual analysis and its relationship to theorisation in understanding higher education;
  • Theorising higher education as an aid to understanding the policy process
  • Ideas of/for higher education and the university in the 21st century.

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The 10th Higher Education Close-Up (HECU) conference- a virtual SRHE Network - is taking place 4-6th July 2022 at Lancaster University. The deadline for submissions - 6th December 2021- is fast approaching. See https://srhe.ac.uk/networks/higher-education-close-up/ for details

Further outputs from this SRHE Scoping Study by Riikka Hofmann (Cambridge) https://bit.ly/3wWGZDP New article in Studies in Educational Evaluation 'Models and measures of learning outcomes for non-technical skills in simulation-based medical education'
https://bit.ly/3x6fI1J

Paul Temple (UCL IoE) compares the Netflix series 'The Chair' to John Williams’ novel 'Stoner' (published in 1965) and ponders whether 'The Chair' is a more accurate reflection of university life than Line of Duty is of police work - latest post on http://www.srheblog.com

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