Higher Education Research Group


The Higher Education Research Group 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.


Developing Ethical Internationalisation of the Curriculum and Pedagogy in Higher Education

Seminar 12-1:30pm, Tuesday 20 October
Dr Jenna Mittelmeier, University of Manchester

To book, email our education research team.


International student mobility is a frequent discussion point in higher education, particularly considering more than four million students currently study for a degree outside their home country. Yet, despite the increased presence of international students, systemic change regarding internationalisation of the curriculum or pedagogies with international students has been limited. This session offers a critical perspective on issues of ethics in internationalised classrooms and suggestions for increased intercultural inclusivity in higher education teaching practices.


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Dr Jenna Mittelmeier

Dr Jenna Mittelmeier is Lecturer in International Education at the University of Manchester. Her research expertise focuses on international students’ transition experiences and curriculum internationalisation.



Seminar 12-1:30pm, Thursday, 26 November

The Industrialisation of University Rankings

Dr Miguel Antonio Lim, University of Manchester


The research examines the production of influence of ranking expertise in the higher education sector. It analyses the content of the THE World University Rankings supplements / magazines, social media, and fieldwork data from the Rankings’ Summit events. The analysis shows how university ranking organisations, using the case of the Times Higher Education, present their own historical development and explain how university rankers claim a demand for their services and how they respond to their critics. The research contributes to higher education studies by demonstrating the pathways of industrialisation of rankings and the development of ranking associated services including conferences and summits, data consulting, and brand management services. The variety of these services highlights the increasing number and also differentiation of ranking audiences and the ways in which university rankers cultivate target markets.


Dr Miguel Antonio Lim is Senior Lecturer in Education and Impact Coordinator at the Manchester Institute of Education at the University of Manchester. He is co-convenor of the Higher Education Research Network at Manchester.

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Dr Miguel Antonio Lim

Previously, he was EU-Marie Curie Fellow at Aarhus University, Denmark, and task force leader on migration and higher education at the EU-Marie Curie Alumni Association. He has worked and taught at Sciences Po-Paris, the London School of Economics (LSE), and University College London (UCL).


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

Professor Amanda Fulford

Dr Bethan Garrett

Helena Knapton

Dr Chris Lawton

Professor Sean (Shuying) Li (Visiting Professor, Edge Hill University 2019)

Susan Murrin-Bailey

Dr Selwyn Stanley

Professor Liz Thomas

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

2019: 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, £25,000.00

Past Events


Developing a research culture in a social science context: challenges and opportunities

Professor Rosemary Deem, Royal Holloway

21 January 2020


Beyond employability: Higher education that enables graduates to contribute to organisations

Dr Peter Kahn, University of Liverpool

27th February 2020

How students’ freedom to learn is threatened by student engagement policies

Professor Bruce Macfarlane, University of Bristol

6th March 2020

International research collaboration: The Cases of Russia and Taiwan

Prof Sheng-Ju Chan, National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan
12:30pm, 27 June 2019


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