Special Interest Group Higher Education

Worshipful Company of Educators


The SIG Higher Education (SIGHE) of the Worshipful Company of Educators concerns itself with Higher Education, Higher Education policy, research, and research training. Topics of interest include educational methods and concepts for universities, training of doctoral students, training of skills relevant for higher education; mentoring and career development of junior academics. The SIG has over thirty members who are communicating via the SIGHE mailing list and is chaired by Liveryman Benedikt Löwe (e-mail: sighe(at)


Project 1. The educator's role in Higher Education: What distinguishes it from other educational sectors?
Coordinators: Liverymen Max Weaver & James Crabbe.

Output: M. James C. Crabbe, Benedikt Löwe, Max Weaver, The educator's role in Higher Education: position papers from a project of the Special Interest Group Higher Education of the Worshipful Company of Educators, OxCHEPS Occasional Paper No. 69, 2018.
Project 2. Governance in Higher Education: How can it take the specific Higher Education situation into account?
Coordinator: Liveryman Alice Hynes.


3 November 2017. Informal discussion at Christ's College, Cambridge (hosted by Benedikt Löwe).
20 January 2018. Discussion meeting at New College College, Oxford (hosted by David Palfreyman).
3 June 2019. Panel discussion The Future Role of the Educator in Higher Education, jointly organised by the SIGHE and the Council for the Defense of the British Universities and chaired by Elaine Unterhalter. Panelists: James Crabbe, Alice Hynes, Sir Peter Scott, and Lady Wolf of Dulwich.
2 June 2020.
Informal Online Discussion Transitioning to online teaching without prior warning. Panelists: Lorenzo Galeotti, Harry Hortyn, Jonathan Jewell, Patricia Stefanowicz, Carole Still, Max Weaver, Julia Wolf.
11 December 2020.
Pre-Christmas Sharing of ideas and experiences working in Higher Education during this time so much impacted by Covid-19. (Organiser: Alice Hynes; 17:15-18:45 via Zoom; request link from the Company Clerk.)
27 June 2022.
Joint Meeting of SIGHE & SIGFESL on The 1997 Dearing Report on Higher Education, 25 Years on: Impact & Consequences with Carole Still, Sir Deian Hopkin, and the Lord Knight of Weymouth. (Organisers: Mike O'Reilly & Susan Fey; 18:00-19:15 via Zoom; request link from sigfesl(at)
Last changed: 11 June 2022