Contributions are invited which are:

  • original and provide in-depth analysis
  • historically grounded and forward-looking
  • reflections on implications for policy broadly
  • presented in a style accessible for an international readership
  • between 8,000 and 12,000 words

Review Proposals

A review proposal of 500 words (excluding references) should be sent to the editors before submission of a full paper.  This extended abstract should clearly delineate the policy area that will be the focus of the submission, the aim of the paper and the treatment of the topic.  It should describe, for example, whether the approach will be historical and/or comparative, which disciplinary sources it will draw on, the theoretical and conceptual basis, and the methodology employed (including empirical evidence, if this will be used).  The proposal should identify any original contributions to be made to current debates and show how the paper will take the discussion forward, including exploring new possibilities, for instance, in policy making or policy research. Proposals may also take the form of historical analyses of policy areas although linkages to current debates and policy contexts are also strongly encouraged.


The journal is interested in receiving submissions across a wide range of topics. These may be relevant to higher education at the international, national, institutional, departmental and local levels. The following are some examples, which are not intended to be exhaustive:


  • Financing HE and the optimal balance between private and public funding
  • Changing meanings of ‘public’ and ‘private’ in higher education
  • Transitions within post-secondary education and implications for social mobility
  • Access and the impact of HE on social mobility
  • Distance and online provision
  • Student engagement policies and practices
  • Research, science and innovation policies
  • Policy making, borrowing, adaptation and transnational policy flows
  • The development of doctoral study
  • The academic profession, academic work and careers
  • Private universities and colleges
  • The development of research ethics policy
  • Accountability and quality assurance
  • Teaching and learning strategies
  • Assessment and feedback policies
  • Community engagement and citizenship education
  • Cross border and off-shore provision including international branch campuses

Submission Instructions

Please make note of the key deadlines below:

Review Proposals:                  October 2015

Full papers to Editors:            March 2016

First issue:                               December 2016

Submit all proposals to either William Locke or Bruce Macfarlane.

Joint Editors

William Locke:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         (Centre for Global Higher Education, UCL Institute of Education)

Bruce Macfarlane:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                (Centre for Higher Education at Southampton, University of Southampton)

Editorial Board

  • Paul Ashwin, Lancaster University, UK 
  • Hamish Coates, University of Melbourne, Australia 
  • Hans De Wit, Boston College, USA 
  • John Douglass, University of California, Berkeley, USA 
  • Barbara Grant, University of Auckland, New Zealand 
  • Ellen Hazelkorn, Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland 
  • Futao Huang, Hiroshima University, Japan 
  • Terri Kim, University of East London, UK 
  • Manja Klemencic, Harvard University, USA 
  • Yann Labeau, University of East Anglia, UK 
  • Leesa Wheelahan, University of Toronto, Canada