Established in 2011, the Centre for the Study of Higher Education (CSHE) at Kent is the hub for education research across the University of Kent. As an interdisciplinary research centre of the Faculty of Social Science, CSHE supports a flourishing and inclusive educational research community across the University focused on three main themes:
- teaching, learning, assessment, feedback, and students’ experiences in higher education.
- academic practice and how to support, recognise and reward academics. A particular focus has been on academic staff who have been marginalised, such as part-time, refugee, and disabled staff and those who bridge academic and professional practice roles.
- education in particular disciplines. This activity is typically led by, or conducted in collaboration with, Centre Members. High profile examples include the Centre for Child Protection and the Computing Education Group.
Educational research at Kent, whether led or supported by core staff in CSHE, contributes to enhancing policy and practice. CSHE staff provide a suite of research-informed professional development programmes for Kent staff members. We also offer a varied programme of research seminars, conferences, and opportunities for postgraduate study.