Higher Education in England: Current Issues in Teaching and Research
Dr. Hubert Ertl
(Lecturer in Higher Education, Department of Education, University of Oxford)
This presentation provides a broad overview of the discussion about teaching and research at English universities. It briefly outlines the changing patterns of higher education (HE) in England in terms of the institutional set-up of the sector, the student body, degree structures and expenditure. The presentation discusses processes of change in HE in four main areas: funding, internationalisation, vocationalisation and quality assurance. This discussion is embedded within the discourse on the dynamics of the ongoing expansion of HE in England. The presentation concludes with an overview of how the complexities of the discourse on HE are mirrored in a Masters programme offered by the Department of Education at the University of Oxford.
Dr. Hubert Ertl is Lecturer in Higher Education at the Department of Education, University of Oxford. He directs the Department of Education’s MSc in Higher Education (see http://www.edstud.ox.ac.uk/masters/HigherEducation ), convenes the Higher Education and Professional Learning Research Group, and is involved in a number of research projects. He is Fellow of Linacre College, Oxford, and chairs the College’s Computing Committee. He is member of the Editorial Board of Research in Comparative and International Education and is referee/reviewer for a number of international journals. He is also reviewer of ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council) research reports. His research interests include international aspects of higher education, vocational education and training, EU educational policies, the transfer processes between education and training and the world of work, and widening participation in higher education.