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CHERI end times

homepage imageThe Centre for Higher Education Research and Information (CHERI) closes at the end of July and its staff are leaving the Open University. We hope that CHERI has made some useful contributions to higher education, both nationally and internationally. We believe that research into higher education continues to be needed, to both inform and to challenge policy and practice in a field which is being assigned increasing political, economic and social importance. There is a need to build new research capacity, and this will not be easy in hard financial times. We hope, though, that the new will build on the old and that CHERI’s legacy of publications, datasets, networks, expertise and experience will be drawn on for many years to come.

One project does continue and Brenda Little, Mala Singh and John Brennan will be working on it from a base in the Open University Business School. Several staff are also in discussion with other universities and organisations about possible future associations and collaborations. This website will be accessible until August 2012 and will contain news of any developments as well as contact details of CHERI staff. The CHERI email address – – will also continue and will be regularly checked.

For contact details of CHERI staff please click here.

The last report

CHERI’s ‘last report’ has now been published. It is entitled Higher Education and Society in Changing Times: looking back and looking forward. As the title suggests, the report looks back at developments in higher education, roughly over the lifetime of CHERI, but it also looks forward to the future, to the challenges facing higher education and at the changes that can be expected in the coming years. Click here for the report.


The last seminar

On June 21st, around 30 present and former CHERI staff, associates, visiting professors, collaborators and friends gathered for a final seminar at Kings Place in Central London. The seminar theme was ‘Who needs higher education research, and why?’. Notes on some of the seven presentations can be accessed here. The seminar also received a message from Professor Craig Calhoun, President of the US Social Science Research Council in New York. Read Professor Calhoun’s message.


The CHERI legacy

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