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Professor Bernard Longden

Bernard LongdenJob Title: Emeritus Professor of Higher Education Policy
Faculty: Education

Dr. Bernard Longden is emeritus professor of Higher Education Policy at Liverpool Hope University where he has been a teacher and researcher until his retirement.

His research interests have always related to the student experience of higher education where a concern within universities is on student completion rates, performance indicator measures and the impact of funding mechanisms on higher education provision.

He is past Chair and Executive Board Member of the European Association for Institutional Research (EAIR), where he was responsible for the EAIR office in Amsterdam. Subsequently he became editor of the Routledge peer review journal "Tertiary Education & Management" (TEAM) a journal focusing on higher education policy and practice.

Publishing widely on higher education policy issues he is co-author, with Professor Mantz Yorke, of “Retention and Student Success in Higher Education”; establishing, with Bjorn Stensaker (Nifu), the EAIR monograph series, co-edited with Kerri-Lee Harris (2007) “Funding Higher Education: A Question of Who Pays?”.

He has been an invited keynote guest at the:

  • Pontifical Universidad Catolica de Chile, Santiago
  • Vilnius University, Lithuanian
  • Seoul National University
  • Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan
  • University College, Sligo Irish Republic

He has presented papers at the European Association for Institutional Research; Centre of Higher Education Research (Oslo); Society for Research in Higher Education conferences and the Association for Institutional Research (USA).

Research Interests

  • Student retention
  • Student non-completion
  • Performance measures related to student success
  • The student experience of higher education

Doctoral Examiner

The role of an external examiner for doctoral degree has been undertaken for:

  • Lancaster University
  • University of Bedfordshire
  • The University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Napier University, Edinburgh
  • University of Southern Queensland, Australia
  • Institute of Education, London

Currently supervisor Caribbean doctoral degree programme for the University of Sheffield. 


  1. Longden, B. (2016) 'UK universities as a single entity: Striking a balance between public and private needs ', in P. John and J. Fanghanel (eds) Dimensions of Marketisation in Higher Education, London: Routledge, 80-92.
  2. Longden, B. (2016) 'From Newman to MOOCs: the decline of exceptionalism', in M. O'Carroll (ed.) Colloquium on University Now Liverpool Hope University.41-64
  3. Longden, B., and Belanger, C. H. (2013) Universities: Public Good or Private profit. Journal of Higher Education Policy & Management 35 (5). 501-522.
  4. Longden, B. (2012) ‘Bearing down’ on student non-completion: implications and consequences for English higher education. Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice 14(1) 117-147
  5. Longden, B. (2010). Methodological issues (1): Indicators and Weights. In J. C. Shin, R. Toutkoushian, et al. (Eds.), Ranking, Reputation and Quality of Higher Education (pp. 215). Netherlands: Springer.
  6. Longden, B. & Yorke, M. (2009a) Evidence presented to House of Commons, Innovation, Universities and Skills Sub-Committee – Students & Universities, Eleventh Report of Session 2008-09, Volume 2 ev226.
  7. Longden, B., and Yorke, M. (2009b). Institutional Rankings, Markets and the needs of intending students. In B. M. Kehm & B. Stensaker (Eds.), University Rankings, Diversity, and the New Landscape of Higher Education (pp. 47 - 64).  Rotterdam: Sense Publications.
  8. Longden, B., and Yorke, M. (2009c). Institutional Research: what problems are we trying to solve? Perspectives 13 (3) pp: 66 – 70
  9. Belanger, C. H., and Longden, B. (2009). The Effective Teacher's Characteristics as perceived by Students. Tertiary Education and Management 15 (4) pp: 323 -340
  10. Longden, B. (2008). Performance Indicators. In G. McCulloch & D. Crook (Eds.), The Routledge International Encyclopaedia of Education (pp. 760).
  11. Yorke, M., and Longden, B. (2008). The first-year experience of higher education in the UK - Final report.  York: Higher Education Academy
  12. Yorke, M., and Longden, B. (2008). The first-year experience of higher education in the UK - Final report.  York: Higher Education Academy
  13. Yorke, M & Longden, B, (2007) Report of the First year student experience of higher education in the UK, A report on phase of a project to the Higher Education Academy
  14. Longden, B. & Harris. K-L. (2007) Funding Higher Education: a question of who pays. Monograph EAIR Amsterdam.
  15. Longden, B. (2006) An institutional response to changing student expectations and their impact on retention rates. Journal of Higher Education Policy & Management. 28 (2):173-187
  16. Yorke, M & Longden, B, (2006) First year student experience A report on phase of a project to the Higher Education Academy
  17. Yorke, M. and Longden, B. (2005) Significant Figures: Performance indicators and ‘league tables’ London: Standing Conference of Principals.
  18. Longden, B. (2005). Methodology and Methods. In J. Wellington (Ed.), Getting your Ph.D. London: Sage Publications Ltd.
  19. Longden, B. (2004). Interpreting student early departure from higher education through the lens of cultural capital. Tertiary Education and Management, 10(2): 121-138.
  20. Yorke, M. and Longden, B. (2003). Retention and Student Success in Higher Education. Buckingham: Open University Press/Society for Research in Higher Education.
  21. Longden, B. (2003). Widening Participation in higher education. In R. J. Elford (Ed.), The Foundation of Hope - Turning Dreams into Reality (pp. 50-63). Liverpool: Liverpool University Press.
  22. Longden, B. (2002). Retention rates - renewed interest but whose interest is being served? Research Papers in Education, 17(1): 3 - 30.
  23. Longden, B. (2002). Book review: Managing the Learning University by Chris Duke. Higher Education Quarterly
  24. Longden, B. (2001). Funding policy in higher education - contested terrain. Research Papers in Education, 16(2): 1-22.
  25. Longden, B. (2000). Élitism to inclusion - some developmental tensions. Educational Studies, 26(4): 454-474.
  26. Yorke, M., Bell, R., Dove, A., Haslam, E., Hughes-Jones, H., Longden, B., O' Connell, C., Typuszak, R., and Ward, J. (1997). Undergraduate non-completion in Higher Education in England. Bristol: Higher Education Funding Council for England.