Higher Education

The transition from elite to mass higher education systems is a significant global development that forms the broader context for educational research that seeks to understand the experiences of higher education students, academics, teaching teams, change agents, leaders, departments, subject disciplines, professional fields, and institutions. There is a particular need for a critical perspective that dares to question current policy frameworks and uncovers contradictions that exist within the dominant managerialist and quality assurance paradigms. The aim of the higher education special interest group is to contribute to critical perspectives on higher education policy and practice. This is a broad remit that embraces interdisciplinary research and debate regarding appropriate and critical research methodologies.  Recent research papers and symposia presented by SIG members have included the following themes:

  • Teaching and learning approaches and issues
  • Assessment in higher education
  • Being an academic
  • Being a student
  • Policy trajectories
  • Academic development and capacity building strategies

The SIG aims to create a supportive network of educational researchers through building symposia for the main conference, through smaller scale activity during the year, by supporting new and early career researchers, and by building links with other higher education research networks.

Latest SIG Content

‘TEF what next ….?’ A HE SIG themed seminar

16 March 2018 | Event

We hope this seminar will give the chance to explore and discuss the impact of TEF on pedagogies and other institutional behaviours (e.g. shifting policy and focus as a result of TEF results). We are looking for any papers reporting on or... [...]

Living the dream through peer review

19 October 2017 | Blog

I remember reflecting on the experience of attending my first BERA annual conference as a doctoral student in 2008. More specifically, I can recall my initial perceptions of the educational research community as being potentially quite exclusive:... [...]

Early Career Researchers – 20 tips for career development

16 October 2017 | Blog

It’s not easy being an Early Career Researcher! Establishing your professional identity, developing your independence as a researcher, teaching, competing for grants, coping with increasing levels of administration and – oh yes – developing... [...]

Some Thoughts on the Popularity and Value of Educational Research

18 August 2017 | Blog

In view of the current popularity of educational research, it's easy to forget that this field of study has only gained academic approval relatively recently. In 1982 I  tried to register with the Council for National Academic Awards to... [...]

Do our universities create the political elite?

27 July 2017 | Blog

The 2017 UK general election has thrown up many interesting aspects, but if he had been elected, Jeremy Corbyn would have been just the 4th prime minister since 1945 to not be an Oxbridge graduate. In a country of 65 million citizens and over 160... [...]

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