Governing Council

Join the Governing Council of the Society for Research into Higher Education.

  • Closing date for Applications is 1st June 2017
  • Appointments will be for a first term of office of three years, March 2018-December 31 2020

The Society is seeking applications from individuals associated with higher education to join their Governing Council and contribute to the Society’s mission, governance and strategic forward planning.

Supporting a Learned Society in this way brings many personal rewards and benefits. Working alongside professional colleagues, all engaged in different aspects of higher education, you will be responsible for setting the Society’s objectives and steering these through.

Working collegially with fellow Council members will develop and reinforces leadership skills and your understanding of what is involved in running an independent, not for profit business, supporting a small executive team of experienced and accomplished professionals.

The Society is seeking new members of Governing Council to bring new skills and perspectives, widening the range of knowledge and experience on which the Society can draw.

This is an exciting time at which to get involved with the Society at this level. The Society has a sound financial base and commands a high reputation for its many and varied academic programmes and activities and has a strong portfolio of publications.

We are looking for individuals with the energy, drive and vision to support the Society in developing a wider engagement with policy matters, advising on new ways in which the Society can continue to support and sustain an international community of researchers in higher education, expand our spheres of influence and increasingly be of value to our members and beyond.

How to Apply

Appointments to Governing Council follow a process of open application and a selection procedure, focusing on maintaining a balance and breadth of knowledge and expertise and the provision of specialist knowledge in key areas.

Each application received must be supported by a nominee and two seconders. There is no requirement for the nominator, seconders or nominee to be current members of the Society.

All individuals offered a position on the Governing Council must on acceptance become members of the Society and remain in membership throughput the duration of their period of office.

Please click on the links below to download the application form and further guidance details:

Current Governing Council Members

  • 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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    Rob Cuthbert   Professor Rob Cuthbert

    Council Member

    Rob Cuthbert is editor of SRHE News and Blog, and emeritus professor of higher education management, with 20 years’ experience as Dean of Education, Pro and Deputy Vice-Chancellor and acting Vice-Chancellor at the University of the West of England. He worked previously at the national Staff College, East London, Middlesex, Bristol, Minnesota and the Open University. He was Senior Associate with the HE Academy, served as a university and college governor, chaired Aimhigher South West, chaired the Improving Dispute Resolution Advisory Service, and served on various national policy committees and groups including the Good Management Practice Studies and HEFCE’s Widening Participation Strategic Committee.

    Rob has written and edited 7 books and many articles on HE management, organisation and policy, and journalism for national media including Times Higher Education. He was editor of Higher Education Review 2012-2015. His initiation of marketing approaches in UK HE led to major changes in FE and HE management practice and he helped create a management information system used by over 300 institutions. He was elected Chair of SRHE for 2002-2003 and has been a keynote speaker at national and international HE conferences on higher education policy, management, governance, curriculum, teaching and learning, and quality.

    Rob manages the Practical Academics partnership and has worked as a consultant and in management development for governments and HE institutions in Africa, China, Europe, North America, Georgia and Albania. He has been an external examiner for Masters programmes, EdD and PhD candidates in eight universities, and a referee and reviewer for research councils, major UK and European journals, and book publishers.

    SRHE Committees:
    Member of the Governing Council
    Chair of the Publications Committee
    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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    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, Director of the Centre for Higher Education Studies (CHES) and Deputy Director of the ESRC Centre for Global Higher Education (CGHE) at the UCL Institute of Education, University College London. He is also 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 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; the governance and management of higher education institutions; and conceptions of teaching, learning and students. He is currently Principal Investigator of an ESRC-funded research project on The Future Higher Education Workforce and Co-investigator of an ESRC-funded research project on Brexit, Trade, Migration and Higher Education.

    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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