Society for Research into Higher Education

Society for Research into Higher Education

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The Society for Research into Higher Education is a UK-based international learned society concerned to advance understanding of higher education, especially through the insights, perspectives and knowledge offered by systematic research and scholarship. The Society aims to be the leading international society in the field, as to both the support and the dissemination of research.


More fully, its broad aims are to:

  • Stimulate new forms of research and inquiry into higher education as a field of study
  • Assist in developing research capacity in relation to the field
  • Encourage and support those coming into the field of higher education studies
  • Develop a network of scholars and researchers in the field of higher education studies
  • Offer fora for the presentation of research and scholarship in the field
  • Promote the development and widening of research methodologies in the field
  • Provide opportunities for the publication of research and scholarship in the field
  • Develop opportunities through which researchers in the field can engage with policy makers, practitioners within higher education and other potential interested parties so that policy and practices may be shaped by research

In fulfilment of these ends, year-on-year, the Society will

  • Maintain and develop a database of researchers and scholars in the field in the UK and internationally
  • Seek to encourage the work of those newly embarking on research in the field
  • Conduct conferences and seminars that both bring researchers together and enable researchers, policy-makers and others to engage with each other
  • Produce and support various forms of research-based publications
  • Maintain and develop a number of networks of members, each focused on a particular dimension of higher education where research may have a role to play
  • Support a worldwide network of researchers, through for example, face-to-face and web-based events and professional development workshops to develop and sustain capacity in our field
  • Provide advice to and engage with relevant national and international research and policy debates

Research Projects

From time to time, the Society may itself undertake research (perhaps funded by others) or sponsor directly a research project of its own.

The Society will be a membership-based society, made up of individual members including student and retired members. Subscription fee levels shall be reviewed annually. Other monies shall be sought and/or received from any organization and individual whose purposes are sympathetic to those of the Society.

Wherever mutual benefits can be identified and it is prudent and practicable to do so, the Society will work in collaboration with other organizations. Their logo(s) may appear alongside that of the Society for purposes of marketing particular events, ventures or publications.

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