Centre for Higher Education Studies (CHES)
Co-Directors: Professor Sir Peter Scott and William Locke
Professor Sir Peter Scott is formerly Vice-Chancellor of Kingston University and William Locke is formerly Head of Learning and Teaching policy at the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).
From October 2013, CHES was joined by Simon Marginson as Professor of International Higher Education. Professor Marginson has published and spoken widely about HE policy, international education and global comparative aspects of HE and was previously Professor of Higher Education at the Centre for the Study of Higher Education, University of Melbourne. He is Joint Editor-in-Chief of the journal Higher Education, Advisory board member of Times Higher Education and the Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities.
We are a leading centre for research into higher education. Our aim is to advance and disseminate knowledge of higher education systems, internationalisation and globalisation, institutions and their governance and management, HE staff and students, knowledge production, and learning, teaching and assessment. Founded in 1985, CHES aims to make a significant contribution to the development of research and scholarship on higher education.
Areas of activity
We undertake a wide range of consultancy projects, from one day to several months duration. Major themes CHES has recently worked on include: theoretical and conceptual issues in higher education, national and international policy, higher education operational management, HE in further education institutions, professional identities, the academic profession, and part-time HE.
We conduct funded research into higher education.
We produce books and papers as a contribution to the research literature and other research and scholarly output.
Study with us
We are the home for the highly successful and well-regarded MBA in Higher Education Management founded in 2002, our academics supervise PhD and EdD students and we run short courses in the UK and abroad.
We welcome visitors from across the UK and from around the world. You are very welcome to visit us if you are in London and to present papers if you wish - visits can last from an hour to a year. See our scheme for Academic Visitors. We also have a number of CHES Associates who work with us on different activities.