Honorary doctorates: Professor Roger Brown in profileThursday 23 July 2015
Professor Roger Brown, an international authority on the application of market-based policies to higher education, is to be recognised for his services to Higher Education with an honorary degree.
Professor Brown, who received the Times Higher Education Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013, is Emeritus Professor of Higher Education Policy at Liverpool Hope University. He will receive the award of Doctor of Education (honoris causa) on 23rdJuly at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral.
He was previously Vice-Chancellor of Southampton Solent University, Chief Executive of the Higher Education Quality Council, Chief Executive of the Committee of Directors of Polytechnics, and Secretary of the Polytechnics and Colleges Funding Council. Before that he was a senior civil servant at the Department of Trade and Industry and an administrator with the Inner London Education Authority.
He has served on many national committees and boards. He has written four books and many articles and lectures on different aspects of higher education. His most recent book Everything for Sale? The Marketisation of UK Higher Education 1980-2012 (with Helen Carasso) was published by Routledge and SRHE in 2013.
He has been a Visiting Professor or equivalent at ten universities, including the University of West London, where he is also a Governor. He is the Chair of Barton Peveril Sixth Form College, Eastleigh. He was elected a Life Vice President of the Society for Research in Higher Education in 2007 and an Honorary Fellow of the Association of University Administrators in 2010. He has Honorary Degrees from Southampton Solent University and the University of Southampton.
Professor Gerald Pillay, Vice Chancellor and Rector of Liverpool Hope University said: “Roger Brown’s research has provided insights that have impacted on how universities attract young people to undertake one of the most formative experiences of their lives. His important work has helped widen the horizons of students around the world and assisted universities in making long term, sustainable decisions. We honour his courage in exposing the shortcomings of government policies and his special interest in ensuring access to higher education and the maintenance of high quality and standards at all British universities -- not just for the better endowed or the privileged. We are delighted to honour him for his work.”
Professor Brown said: “I am delighted to have received this honour from an institution I greatly admire and which I have been very proud to serve.”