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Professor Bernard Longden

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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, Chile.
  • Vilnius University, Lithuanian.
  • Seoul National University, South Korea.
  • Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan.
  • University College, Sligo Republic of Ireland.

He has presented papers at the:

  •  European Association for Institutional Research; Centre of Higher Education Research (Oslo); 
  • Society for Research in Higher Education conferences, UK.
  • Association for Institutional Research, Kansas (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

 Supervisor Caribbean doctoral degree programme for the University of Sheffield.


  1. Longden, B. (2020). Institutional Research: Unintended consequences in Higher Education. In M. Crowder & M. Antoniadou, Modern day challenges in academia (1st., pp. 265–284). Edward Elgar.
  2. Bélanger, C., Longden, B., Orozco Quijano, E. P., & Razmak, J. (2019). How Mexican students perceive their classroom experience from their professors. Tertiary Education and Management, 25(2), 161–180.
  3. Longden, B. (2016a). UK universities as a single entity: Striking a balance between public and private needs. In P. John & J. Fanghanel (Eds.), Dimensions of Marketisation in Higher Education. Routledge.
  4. Longden, B. (2016b). From Newman to MOOCs: The decline of exceptionalism (M. O’Carroll, Ed.).
  5. Longden, B, & Bélanger, C. H. (2013). Universities: Public good or Private profit. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 35(5), 22.
  6. 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.
  7. Longden, B. (2011). Ranking Indicators and Weights. In J. C. Shin, R. Toutkoushian, & S. Marginson (Eds.), Ranking, Reputation and Quality of Higher Education (p. 215). Springer.
  8. Bélanger, C. H., & Longden, B. (2009). The Effective Teacher’s Characteristics as perceived by Students. Tertiary Education and Management, 15(4), 323–340.
  9. Longden, B. (2009). Is a gap between expectation and experience for the first-year student acceptable, reasonable and inevitable? (S. Kennedy, & C. Blaney Doyle, Eds.).
  10. Longden, B, & Yorke, M. (2009a). 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). Sense Publications.
  11. Longden, B, & Yorke, M. (2009b). Institutional Research: What problems are we trying to solve? Perspectives, 13(3), 66–70.
  12. Yorke, M., & Longden, B. (2008). The first-year experience of higher education in the UK - Final report (p. 68). Higher Education Academy.
  13. Yorke, Mantz, & Longden, B. (2008). The first-year experience of higher education in the UK - Final report (p. 68). Higher Education Academy.
  14. Yorke, Mantz, & Longden, B. (2007). The first-year experience of higher education in the UK: Report of Phase 1 of a project funded by the Higher Education Academy.
  15. Yorke, Mantz, & Longden, B. (2005). Significant Figures: Performance Indicators and ‘League Tables’. Standing Conference of Principals.
  16. Yorke, M., & Longden, B. (2004). Retention and Student Success in Higher Education. Society for Research into Higher Education and Open University Press.
  17. Yorke, M., Bell, R., Dove, A., Haslam, E., Hughes-University of Sheffield Jones, H., Longden, B., O’ Connell, C., Typuszak, R., & Ward, J. (1997). Undergraduate non-completion in Higher Education in England (Commissioned Report for the Higher Education Funding Council for England. December 1997). Higher Education Funding Council for England.
  18. Longden, B. (2008). Performance Indicators. In G. McCulloch & D. Crook (Eds.), The Routledge International Encyclopaedia of Education (p. 760).
  19. Longden, B. (2007). Affordability of English higher education: The uneasy tension between quality and quantity. In B. Longden & K. Harris (Eds.), Funding Higher Education: A Question of who pays? (pp. 79–101). EAIR.
  20. Longden, B. (2006). An Institutional response to changing student expectations and their impact on retention rates. Journal of Higher Education Policy & Management, 28(2), 172–187.
  21. Longden, B. (2005). Methodology and Methods. In J. Wellington, A.-M. Bathmaker, Hunt. Cheryl, G. McCulloch, & P. Sikes (Eds.), Succeeding with your doctorate. Sage Publications Ltd.
  22. Longden, B. (2004a). Interpreting student early departure from higher education through the lens of cultural capital. Tertiary Education and Management, 10(2), 121–138.
  23. Longden, B. (2004b, March 31). Student early departure: What does research tell us about the puzzle? Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, Special Interest Forum.
  24. Longden, B. (2004c, September 28). Bourdieu’s cultural capital: A contribution to the debate on access and retention in higher education. OxCHEPS Symposium.
  25. Longden, B. (2004d, December 19). Student Retention and Success: From a macro to a micro analysis. Learning & Teaching Conference.
  26. Longden, B. (2003a). Access and retention in English higher education: A parliamentary perspective. In Mantz Yorke & B. Longden (Eds.), Retention and Student Success in higher education. Open University Press/Society for Research in Higher Education.
  27. Longden, B. (2003b). Widening Participation in higher education. In R. J. Elford (Ed.), The Foundation of Hope—Turning Dreams into Reality (pp. 50–63). Liverpool University Press.
  28. Longden, B. (2002a). Retention rates—Renewed interest but whose interest is being served? Research Papers in Education, 17(1), 3–30.