In international terms CHEPS is a fairly large higher education research center with a broad range of research interests. Through our particular combination of research, education, development and consultancy activities we have accumulated considerable practical experience and expertise. In organising seminars and workshops and in undertaking specific tasks for institutions, national committees and governmental agencies we are also able to draw on an extensive international network of researchers and professionals in the field.

Some of our areas of development and consultancy expertise are:

  • Multi-level governance: the impact of European policies on national and institutional polices and strategies
  • The Bologna process and the European Higher Education Area: impacts and challenges across Europe
  • Higher education reform, resource allocation and steering approaches at the system level
  • Student funding and student financial support
  • Strategy building and scenario planning
  • Institutional governance, finance, management and planning
  • Quality enhancement, assurance and accreditation
  • Internationalisation and globalisation
  • Rankings and other transparency tools
  • Key Performance Indicators: their use in rankings and institutional planning
  • The academic profession
  • Employability of students
  • Excellence education and research initiatives
  • The Entrepreneurial/Innovative University
  • Universities and regional development
  • Knowledge exchange: university, industry and society interfaces