Learning from heterodox higher education institutions

Dr Catherine N. Butcher recently defended her PhD, titled “Heterodox forms of university ownership, governance, financing and organisational structure”, which is based on case-studies of four alternative higher education institutions in Europe, Asia, and the US to explore different educational experiences for students in terms of access and pedagogy. In this interview, Dr Butcher describes what heterodox HEIs are, how they work, shares what she has found in her research and explains why it matters.

Exploring the world of higher education research – Key Actors in Higher Education Research and Science Studies (HERSS)

You’re an early-career higher education researcher? One of those hybrid academics who doesn’t really fit into traditional typologies? Don’t lose hope, not yet. In most of my studies, I was tempted to fall toward computational techniques and reporting methods or to automate cumbersome tasks as much as possible. Those powerful temptations normally won the battle. To make it clearer, I’m a geeky sociologist – someone who’s never accepted as a pure sociologist among other sociologists but never gets accepted as a pure coder among computer scientists, web developers, or programmers either!

Call for Posters: Academia in the Age of Comparison: Methodological and Empirical Perspectives in an Interdisciplinary Dialogue


When: June 13-14, 2019 Where: Leibniz Center for Science and Society, Leibniz University Hanover Deadline for abstracts: March 4, 2019 Academia is in an age of comparison. Momentous processes like globalization, marketization, and digitalization are not only of general societal relevance, but are also pushed by and simultaneously push comparisons in academia. In this climate, comparison ‘strikes back.’ […]

Shaping Sustainable Futures: a conference on internationalization in higher education

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The internationalization of higher education has emerged as a major theme within the interdisciplinary field of higher education research. Early work in the 1990s and 2000s traced the contours of the issue and research on the topic has grown since, in step with internationalization itself. In recent years, critical studies and counter-visions of internationalization have emerged.

Satire, Resignation and Anger around Higher Education Rankings and Wankings


For a while now, university rankings have been intensely debated all over the world. Despite the prevailing sentiment among academics that rankings are harming the academic profession, the actual resistance to this practice is – at best – scattered and not sufficiently heard, especially at the international level, which is where the most influential of rankings are produced.

Networking or “networking”? SRHE from an early-career researcher’s perspective


SRHE International Conference on Research into Higher Education is an annual event, organised in Newport, South Wales every December. Before the main conference, which takes place from Wednesday to Friday, there is a Newer and Early Career Researchers Conference organised on the day before. This is an excellent arena for early career researchers to present their work in a relaxed atmosphere, and to meet peers from all over the world.