Director of CHERI and Professor of Higher Education Research at the Open University
John directs several of the Centre's projects, including in 2008 two projects for the Economic and Social Research Council on ' The Social and Organisational Mediation of University Learning ' and 'Higher Education and Regional Transformation - social and cultural perspectives' , plus the UK end of an international project on ' The Changing Academic Profession'. He has recently also led the development of a new research programme on 'Higher Education and Social Change' shortly to be funded by the European Science Foundation and its associated national research councils.
John has directed and participated in many national and international projects on topics such as graduate employment, quality assurance, universities and social transformation. He has published several books and many reports and articles on higher education and has spoken at countless conferences on higher education in the UK and many other parts of the world. His most recent publications include three articles in a special issue of the international journal, 'Higher Education' to be published in 2008 based on a European Science Foundation project which he led and entitled 'Higher Education Looking Forward. His books include 'Managing Quality in Higher Education' (with Shah), 'Graduates at Work' (with McGeevor) and 'Students, Courses and Jobs' (with Lyon, McGeevor and Murray).
Prior to joining the Open University in 1992, he was Director of the Quality Support Group at the Council for National Academic Awards and has held academic posts at Lancaster University and Teesside Polytechnic. By training a sociologist, he is a founder member of the Consortium of Higher Education Researchers and member of several other higher education research groups. In December 2005, he was elected a Fellow of the Society for Research into Higher Education. He is also a member of the Scientific Evaluation Board of the University of Vienna and the Board of Examiners of the Economic and Social Research Council.
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