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Higher Education Research Group (HERG)

The Higher Education Research Group (HERG) aims to develop research addressing contemporary issues and dilemmas facing higher education faculty staff, managers, students, practitioners and policy makers. It aspires to create an active and inclusive research environment by engaging with key stakeholders and wide audience such as faculty staff, practitioners, students, policy makers, learned societies, and renowned research groups and research institutes.


BAICE funded online forum

HERG at Edge Hill is hosting an online forum event exploring academics’ experiences of the impact of the pandemic and global uncertainties. This event will bring together comparative education experts from China and the UK to explore their reflections on changes within the higher education sector in the two countries since 2020.

This event is free and open to all, booking below.

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Register to receive the Zoom link for the session:


Due to COVID-19, the HERG seminar programme for the foreseeable future will be delivered online via Teams. All seminars are free and students, staff and members of the public are welcome to attend.

Seminars for the academic year 2021 – 2022 are now complete. More information on the 2022 – 2023 seminar series will be published here when available.

Please register to receive the link to access our seminars online. 

NB: Staff can access all our events via the wiki pages.

Please email [email protected] if you have any queries

Our seminars this year are recorded where possible, and can be viewed online following the session.

All seminars begin at 12pm and finish at 1.30pm. You are welcome to join us for part of the session if you are unable to attend the full time.

Group members

We have a team of active researchers focused on contributing and challenging debates about:

  • internationalisation of higher education,
  • widening participation,
  • philosophy of higher education,
  • curriculum,
  • management and leadership
  • quality evaluation.

Professor Ming Cheng is the Chair of the Higher Education Research Group.

JoClarisse Albia

Dr Liana Beattie

Dr John Bostock

Dr Liam Bullingham 

Professor Amanda Fulford

Dr Bethan Garrett

Helena Knapton

Catherine Langridge

Dr Chris Lawton

Dr Heather Lloyd

Professor Sean (Shuying) Li (Former Visiting Professor, 2019)

Dr Susie Marriott

Dr Ali Rouncefield-Swales

Dr Selwyn Stanley

Professor Liz Thomas

Eliot Wright

Dr Annabel Yale

This group welcomes new members. Its membership is open to all interested staff members at Edge Hill University and colleagues outside Edge Hill.

Funded research activities

Multi-stakeholder perspectives on Learning and Teaching of Comparative and International Education during global emergencies and uncertainties

British Association for International & Comparative Education (BAICE) Thematic Forum.

Ming Cheng Co-I, collaboration between Bath Spa University, Liverpool Hope University and Beijing Normal University in China.

More information via the project website.

Supporting Young People to Become International Creative Talents: Educational Enterprise Collaborations between Shanghai and Liverpool

Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) UK-China Creative Industries Partnership Development Call.

Ming Cheng as Project leader, £25,000