The Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE)

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.


  • 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.


  • 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
  • Establish and support a number of networks of members, each focused on a particular dimension of higher education where research may have a role to play
  • Provide advice to and engage with relevant national and international research and policy debates

The Society is a specialist publisher of research, having over 100 titles in print. The Editorial Board seeks authoritative research or study in relevant areas for its book series in collaboration with Routledge - Taylor & Francis group. In terms of journals, The Society also publishes Studies in Higher Education, Research into Higher Education Abstracts (both with Taylor & Francis),Higher Education Quarterly (with Wiley) and SRHE News.

The Society holds a major Annual Conference in December, and holds further conferences, seminars and consultations on topics of current interest, and runs a number of Networks.

Source: SRHE


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