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.


The first Higher Education Research Group seminar took place in June 2019. Watch this space for more events!

Key Members of the Group 

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. Other key members (in alphabetic order) include:

Ms Liana Beattie

Professor Amanda Fulford

Dr Bethan Garrett

Helena Knapton

Professor Saville Kushner

Dr Chris Lawton

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

Susan Murrin-Bailey

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.

Current 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 

International research collaboration: The Cases of Russia and Taiwan
Prof Sheng-Ju Chan, National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan
12:30pm, 27 June 2019
E18 (FoE Lakeside)
To book email: educationresearch@edgehill.ac.uk

Along with the greater internationalization, transnational research collaboration becomes one of the prominent phenomena propelling the competition of knowledge production and reputation building worldwide. Earlier empirical data have shown that international research collaboration tends to take place within and among developed countries and few developing countries. Such dominance had been criticized as ‘academic hegemony’ and even ‘knowledge colonialism’. However, the intensification and progression of world-class university movement and mega-science projects trigger the further development of international research collaboration among a wide range of countries. Several policies and initiatives around the world are launched to promote the wider engagement with transnational research cooperation. It is against such wider context that this paper aims to address how non-English speaking developed countries (Russia and Taiwan) engage with international research collaboration for the past decades. It also touches upon a fundamental issue whether greater research internationalization intensified the hegemony of traditional academic powerhouses or not.

Sheng-Ju Chan, Professor of Graduate Institute of Education at National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan and serves as Dean for Quality Assurance Office of Higher Education Evaluation & Accreditation Council of Taiwan (HEEACT) since 2019. Specializing in higher education, comparative education and education policy and management, he is devoted to academic research on higher education policy, system and management. He is the President of Chinese Taipei Comparative Education Society and severs as executive member of the World Council of Comparative Education Societies (WCCES).