Centre for the Study of Higher Education


HE research networks and resources

Education Subject Guide http://www.kent.ac.uk/library/subjects/education/index.html
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 http://www.srhe.ac.uk
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.
Consortium of Higher Education Researchers http://www.uni-kassel.de/incher/CHER/Welcome.html
CHER is an international network of academics conducting research on higher education, and runs an annual conference.
Higher Education Empirical Research Database http://heer.qaa.ac.uk/pages/default.aspx
Summaries of the latest published research on a range of topics related to higher education.

HE policy organisations

Higher Education Statistics Agency https://www.hesa.ac.uk/
Collects detailed statistics on staff, students and university finances.
Leadership Foundation for Higher Education http://www.lfhe.ac.uk/
Offers training programmes and publications on university leadership.
Universities UK http://www.universitiesuk.ac.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 http://cathedralsgroup.org.uk/
“Cathedrals Group is an association of sixteen universities and university colleges with Church foundations.”
Million+ http://www.millionplus.ac.uk/
“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 http://www.russellgroup.ac.uk/
“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 http://www.unialliance.ac.uk/
“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

Campaign for the Public University http://publicuniversity.org.uk/
A forum initiated by a group of “university teachers and graduate students seeking to defend and promote the idea of the university as a public good.”
Council for the Defence of British Universities http://cdbu.org.uk/
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 http://economicsofhe.org/
An international forum for academics and policy contributors, hosted at the London School of Economics.
Higher Education Academy http://www.heacademy.ac.uk
LSE Impact of Social Sciences http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/
“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 www.ucu.org.uk
“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: 29/09/2014