Higher Education Research, UK

  • John Brennan
  • Mary Henkel
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-017-9553-1_182-1


Academic” or “theoretical”; “Corporate” or “organizational”; “Stakeholder” or “user or potential user”; “Research field” or “research area


Higher education and research in the UK:

UK research into higher education institutions and processes in their social and organizational contexts, in order to enhance policy and practice and to contribute to relevant social science theory in the field.


Higher education research in the UK has expanded significantly over recent decades, although there has been a fragmentation of the field or research area. In a sense, it is a research field without a shared core, with researchers entering the field from different academic and professional backgrounds and engaging with higher education from a variety of positions and interests.

Much of higher education research in the UK is policy-led, reflecting agendas set by national policy bodies and their needs for supportive evidence for those agendas. There is also a...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Open UniversityMilton KeynesUK
  2. 2.Brunel UniversityLondonUK

Section editors and affiliations

  • Jussi Valimaa
    • 1
  • Terhi Nokkala
    • 2
  1. 1.Higher education studies team (HIEST)University ofJyväskyläJyväskyläFinland
  2. 2.Finnish Institute for Educational ResearchUniversity of JyväskyläJyväskylän yliopistoFinland