Governing Council

  • Governing Council

  • Council Members

  • Chris Pole   Professor Chris Pole


    Chris Pole is Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Brighton. Previously, Chris held posts at Nottingham Trent University, firstly as Dean of the School of Social Sciences and latterly as its Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs.

    Prior to this, he held the post of Sub-Dean responsible for postgraduate recruitment in the Faculty of Social Science at the University of Leicester. He spent nine years at Leicester which included spells as Head of Department of Sociology and Director of Research in the School of Education. Prior to this, he spent 10 years at the University of Warwick where he held a joint appointment in the Department of Sociology and the Centre for Educational Development, Appraisal and Research (CEDAR). Earlier posts were at the Institute for Employment Studies at the University of Sussex and the National Foundation for Educational Research.

    Chris's interests in the sociology of education and of childhood have led to project-directorships under the Economic and Social Research Council's (ESRC) Children 5-16: Growing into the 21st Century programme and the ESRC/Arts & Humanities Research Council Cultures of Consumption programme. He has lectured and published widely in these areas and also in qualitative methodology, especially ethnography.

    SRHE Committees:
    Chair of the Governing Council
    (All Committees)

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    David Palfreyman   Mr. David Palfreyman

    Honorary Treasurer

    David Palfreyman, MA MBA LLB, FRSA, Bursar and Fellow, New College, Oxford, has previously worked at the Universities of Liverpool and Warwick, and has written numerous articles on university management.

    He has co-edited a book for the Open University Press entitled Higher Education Management: the key elements (1996), and other books include Oxford and the Decline of the Collegiate Tradition (2000) and The State of UK Higher Education (2001). Two further books: Higher Education and the Law and How to Manage a Merger or Avoid One were published in 1998; the second edition of the former is entitled Higher Education Law (2002, Jordans). David Palfreyman and David Warner are the General Editors for the fifteen-volume Open University Press-McGraw Hill series: Managing Universities and Colleges (within which they contribute a volume on Managing Crisis) – this Series is now being translated for publication in China. With Ted Tapper, in 2005 David has co-edited a book on the politics of access to higher education in major OECD countries (Understanding Mass Higher Education: Comparative Perspectives on Access). He has also edited a book on The Oxford Tutorial (2001 & 2008 – the second edition will be available as a Chinese translation from Peking University Press) and written The Economics of Higher Education (2004). His latest work is (with Dennis Farrington) The Law of Higher Education (Oxford University Press, 2006); and his next academic project is a comparative study of elite universities as the first of a dozen volumes in a new series on comparative international higher education (2008 onwards, Series Editors: Palfreyman/Tapper/Thomas, Taylor & Francis).

    David is a (Joint) Director of the UUK Management Development Course for Higher Education Administrators. He is also a Member of the Editorial Board of the AUA’s journal Perspectives, and is the Joint Editor of the journal Education and the Law. He is a non-executive Director of OXIP (the Oxford Investment Partnership) that manages c£200m of funds. .

    With David Warner, David established OxCHEPS (The Oxford Centre for Higher Education Policy Studies), details of which can be seen at its web-site on OxCHEPS offers a ‘HE Mediation Service’, ‘UCELNET’ as a legal awareness service for HEIs/FEIs, and an online ‘HE Law Updating Service’ for the HE Law text along with an online ‘HE Law Casebook’ linking to the HE Law textbook.

    SRHE Comittees – Ex Officio
    Member of the Governing Council
    Member of the Governance, Management and Finance Committee

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    Paul Blackmore   Professor Paul Blackmore

    Council Member

    Paul Blackmore joined King’s College London in November 2007 as Professor of Higher Education and Director of King's Learning Institute and is currently Deputy Vice-Principal (Education) at the College.  Before this he established and directed a Centre for Academic Practice at the University of Warwick from 1995 for over ten years before becoming Professor of Higher Education and Director of the Centre for the Study of Higher Education at Coventry University.  Paul was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in June 2013 for excellence in higher education teaching and support for learning.

    Paul’s research is in the conceptualisation and exploration of professional expertise, including its social dimensions, particularly leadership roles in academic settings. He has published widely in the field. In 2003 he co-edited “Towards Strategic Staff Development”, exploring ways in which development in all its forms could be strategically effective. He has recently completed funded studies on interdisciplinary leadership, approaches to development in UK institutions and the professional learning of course and module leaders in Higher Education.

    SRHE Committees:
    Member of the Governing Council
    Chair of the Research & Development Committee
    Member of the Governance, Management & Finance Committee

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    Dr Helen Carasso   Dr Helen Carasso


    Helen Carasso brings the perspectives of a newer researcher and experienced university administrator to the SRHE Council. Since completing her doctorate in 2010, she conducts research into questions of higher education policy (particularly undergraduate fees and funding) and acts as a consultant to universities, specialising in issues of communications, marketing and admissions. Helen’s professional experience in higher education was gained in as Head of PR at Brighton, Director of Public Relations at Oxford, and then as Acting Director of the Oxford Colleges’ Admissions Office during a period of major restructuring.

    SRHE Committees:
    Member of the Governing Council
    Member of the Governance, Management &Finance Committee

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    Linda Evans   Professor Linda Evans


    Linda Evans is Professor of Education at the University of Manchester. She has previously worked at the University of Leeds, the University of Warwick and before that had an earlier career as a primary school teacher. She is the convenor of the SRHE’s International Research and Researchers’ Network, set up in 2009. A former student of modern foreign languages, she is particularly interested in European issues in HE and is a member of the European Educational Research Association’s Higher Education Network. She enjoys European travel and still speaks fluent French and reasonably fluent German. During 2011 she lived in Lyon as a visiting professor and still frequently travels to France to engage with francophone researchers. She has strong links in several other European countries, and in Australasia, South Africa and Mauritius, and has acted as a consultant to the University of Mauritius.A displaced Mancunian, she is a passionate, lifelong, Manchester United supporter.

    Linda’s research interests lie in the broad field of working life in education contexts, and incorporate the compulsory education sector as well as HE. She is interested in academic practice, professionalism, professional development (including researcher development) and work-related attitudes, including morale, job satisfaction and motivation. She has carried out recent funded studies of: university professors and their academic leadership; academic journal editors’ professionalism; and leadership for technology-enhanced learning in English HEIs. She is associate editor of the journal Educational Management, Administration and Leadership.

    Linda is the author of around 60 papers and five books including: Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (1998); Teacher Morale, Job Satisfaction and Motivation (1998); and Reflective Practice in Educational Research: developing advanced skills (2002).Her edited book, Academic Identities in Higher Education: the Changing European Landscape (with Jon Nixon), was published in 2015.

    SRHE Committees:
    Member of the Governance, Management and Finance Committee
    Member of the Governing Council (Jan 2010)

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    Ourania Filippakou   Dr Ourania Filippakou

    Council Member

    Ourania Filippakou is Reader in Education at Brunel University London. She did her first degree in Education at the University of the Aegean and, then, obtained a scholarship from the Academy of Athens to do her postgraduate studies at the UCL Institute of Education.

    Her main interest is in the theoretical condition of higher education – the theory, the epistemology and the methodology of ‘higher education’ – with particular reference to comparative historical analysis, a perspective that seeks to combine the methods of history with social sciences theories and concepts. She has published in a wide range of journals including Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education; Higher Education; Higher Education Policy; Higher Education Quarterly, Journal of Educational Administration and History ,and edited (with Gareth Williams) Higher Education as a Public Good (Bern: Peter Lang, 2014).

    She is a visiting fellow at the Hellenic Open University and Oxford Centre for Higher Education Policy Studies (OxCHEPS), New College, Oxford.

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    Ian Kinchin   Professor Ian Kinchin

    Council Member

    Ian Kinchin is Professor of Higher Education within the Department of Higher Education at the University of Surrey.

    Ian taught science in a variety of secondary schools before becoming an Initial Teacher Training tutor at Surrey University and then Brunel University. Ian holds a BSc and MPhil in zoology and a PhD in science education. He has a background in Zoology and is author of The Biology of Tardigrades (Portland Press, 1994)

    His current research interests are in the application of knowledge structures in teaching, learning and academic development as revealed through the qualitative analysis of concept maps generated by teachers and students.

    Within this work, Ian has been developing the notion of the expert student, and aims to tackle the educational status quo in which he has described traditional universities as ‘centres of non-learning’.

    Much of his research has been undertaken into the teaching of various bio-science and clinical disciplines. Ian has published over 100 academic papers in the fields of Zoology, Science Education and Academic Development. .

    SRHE Committees:
    Member of the Governing Council
    Member of the Research & Development Committee

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    Professor Sue Law   Professor Sue Law

    Council Member

    Sue Law is Director of Academic Practice at the University of Leicester. Prior to this, Sue was based at the Higher Education Academy (HEA), where she had strategic responsibility for the Academy’s work in relation to ‘Raising the status of teaching’, ‘Sharing effective practice’ and ‘Institutional strategy and change’.

    Before joining the Academy, Sue held various roles in universities, including that of Director of the Centre for Academic Practice (CAP) at the University of Warwick; Head of Research in the Centre for the Study of Higher Education (CSHE) at Coventry University;  and Professor of Education and Head of a large Education department at Nottingham Trent University.

    Sue has also been a QAA Auditor and Subject Reviewer and, more recently, was a Specialist Adviser to MPs in the House of Commons Select Committee Inquiry into ‘Students and Universities’, which reported inJuly 2009. She is currently Chair of the national Staff Development Forum (SDF), which comprises 12 regional groupings.

    She believes she has benefitted from having a ‘portfolio’ career in education. After teaching in schools and FE/Tertiary colleges as far apart as London, Glasgow, Manchester, Ayrshire and Staffordshire, she went on to work in six very different universities (Keele, Staffordshire, Liverpool, Nottingham Trent, Coventry and Warwick), and in roles which have ranged from part-time lecturing through to senior management.

    Sue has co-written three books and numerous articles and her research interests, consultancy and publications have focused predominantly around continuing professional development (CPD) and educational leadership/management, with a particular emphasis on the ways in which effective leadership development can help to create and sustain productive learning environments – for both students and staff.

    SRHE Committees:
    Member of the Governing Council (January 2010)
    Member of the Governance, Management & Finance Committee

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    William Locke   Dr William Locke

    Council Member

    William Locke is Reader in Higher Education Studies and Co-Director (with Professor Sir Peter Scott) of the Centre for Higher Education Studies (CHES) at the Institute of Education, University of London. He is also Co-Director of the MBA in Higher Education Management, the first of its kind in Europe, established in 2002.

    William was formerly Head of Learning and Teaching policy at the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), leading policy on quality, the provision of information, funding for teaching, the control of student numbers and teacher education.

    Previously, he was Assistant Director of the Centre for Higher Education Research and Information (CHERI) at the Open University and Deputy Director of Policy Development at Universities UK (UUK). In these roles, he has commissioned and undertaken a range of research and advocated a research-informed approach to policy analysis, development and implementation, which has had direct influence on both UUK and HEFCE, but also the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and other sector bodies, such as the Higher Education Academy and the Quality Assurance Agency.

    His research interests include the governance and management of higher education institutions; the changing academic profession; higher education policy and policy-making; the impact of marketisation (including league tables and other forms of ranking) on higher education institutions and systems; and conceptions of teaching, learning and students. While at CHERI, he lead the UK part of an International study of the Changing Academic Profession.

    He is co-ordinating editor of Changing Governance and Management in Higher Education: The Perspectives of the Academy, which was awarded Best Comparative Higher Education Book in 2011 by the U.S. Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) Higher Education Special Interest Group. He has a wide range of other publications, including journal articles, book chapters and policy reports and has given keynote presentations at international conferences in North America, Japan, China, Australia and throughout Europe.

    SRHE Committees:
    Member of the Governing Council (Jan 2010)
    Member of the Publications Committee

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    Karen Smith   Dr Karen Smith

    Council Member

    Karen Smith is Principal Lecturer in Collaborative Research and Development in the School of Education at the University of Hertfordshire. Her role focusses on leading and supporting collaborative research with external partners (local authorities, public services, and other organisations) and the research projects are designed to impact directly on policy and practice.

    Her personal research is centred around how higher education policies and practices impact on those who work and study within the university system. Her work has focused specifically on transnational educators, international students, educational developers and innovative practitioners and has demonstrated how their experience of university is shaped by its policies, procedures and initiatives. In 2009 was awarded the Society for Research into Higher Education's Newer Researcher prize.

    Karen's work draws on a range of research methods (e.g. in-depth interviewing, activity-based focus groups, questionnaires) but she is particularly interested in drawing on relatively underused methods within higher education research (i.e. the biographical narrative interpretive method (BNIM) and critical discourse analysis (CDA) and exploring their potential for this field. She sits on the Editorial Boards for Enhancing Learning in the Social Sciences, Higher Education Teaching and Learning and Teaching in Higher Education. .

    SRHE Committees:
    Member of the Governing Council (January 2013)
    Member of the Publications Committee

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