Personal profile


Prior to joining the University of Manchester, I undertook a vast and varied range of roles across the University of Leeds over 15 years. This included completing a scholarship funded doctorate in the School of Politics and International Studies, followed by an externally funded postdoc in the School of Education. I was also Principal Investigator and Grant Holder of a Higher Education Academy funded project.

I have held visiting positions at various universities internationally, most notably being Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) Visiting Researcher at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

While at Monash University I contributed to the Monash Commission into the future of post-compulsory education in Australia.

In Southeast Asia I was involved in two higher education projects funded by the British Government's Newton Fund.

I have given papers at major international conferences. In 2024 I contributed to The Future of Higher Education – Bologna Process Researchers’ Conference in Bucharest.

In 2024 I collaborated with Dr Marina Cino Pagliarello to organise and chair the panel The European Universities Initiative between consolidation and expansion as part of the Knowledge Politics and Policies section of the European Consortium of Political Research Annual Conference in Dublin.

I particularly enjoy hosting visiting colleagues. In this, the University’s bicentenary year, I will welcome Professor Michael Mintrom of Monash University, Australia, and Dr Pimsiri Taylor of Thammasat University, Kingdom of Thailand, to the Manchester campus. 

I am the author of two books: ‘Public Policy and Universities: The Interplay of Knowledge and Power’ with Cambridge University Press, and ‘Teaching Excellence?: Universities in an Age of Student Consumerism’ with Sage.

I am also an Associate Editor of ‘Higher Education Research and Development’, the peer review journal of the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia.

Further information


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

Areas of expertise

  • LB2300 Higher Education
  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • JA Political science (General)
  • L Education (General)

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Policy@Manchester


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