Centre for the Study of Higher Education


HE research networks and resources

  • Education Subject Guide. This resource from the University of Kent library provides links to numerous journals, databases and research resources relevant to research on higher education.

  • Society for Research into Higher Education. SRHE is a UK-based international learned society concerned to advance understanding of higher education, especially through the insights, perspectives and knowledge offered by systematic research and scholarship.It runs an annual conference and a number of specialist network, and publishes books and journals on higher education.

  • European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction.An international, scientific community.

HE policy organisations

  • Higher Education Statistics Agency . Collects detailed statistics on staff, students and university finances.

  • The Office for Students . The independent regulator of higher education in England.

  • Universities UK. UUK has 134 members, namely the executive heads of all UK university institutions and some colleges of higher education: “the definitive voice for universities in the UK. We provide high quality leadership and support to our members, to promote a successful and diverse higher education sector.”

University “Mission Groups”

  • Cathedrals Group. “Cathedrals Group is an association of sixteen universities and university colleges with Church foundations.”

  • Million+. “A university think-tank: we use rigorous research and evidence-based policy to address and provide solutions to complex problems in higher education.”

  • Russell Group.“Represents 24 leading UK universities which are committed to maintaining the very best research, an outstanding teaching and learning experience and unrivalled links with business and the public sector.”

  • University Alliance . “Brings together leading global universities for science, technology, design and the professions to tackle the big issues facing universities, people and the economy.”

Other useful links

  • AdvanceHE a membership organisation that supports transformative leadership and management, teaching and learning, equality, diversity and inclusion, and effective governance, across the HE sector through training courses, conferences, accreditation of teaching and learning programmes, Athena SWAN, the Race Equality Charter, and resources on ‘what works’.

  • Council for the Defence of British Universities. A campaigning network seeking to “advance education for the benefit of the public by promoting and sustaining the British universities as places where students can develop their capabilities to the full and where scholarship, research, and teaching can be freely pursued at the highest level.”

  • Economics of Higher Education Network, An international forum for academics and policy contributors, hosted at the London School of Economics.

  • LSE Impact of Social Sciences.“The Impact of Social Sciences blog is run by the LSE Public Policy Group, and is a hub for researchers, administrative staff, librarians, students, think-tanks, government, and anyone else interested in maximising the impact of academic work in the social sciences and other disciplines.”

  • University and Colleges Union . “Trade union and professional association for academics, lecturers, trainers, researchers and academic-related staff working in further and higher education.”

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Last Updated: 25/02/2021