Call for applicants: 2 PhD and one post-doc position at University of Ghent

cheggWant to join Professor Jeroen Huisman and amongst others also Hedda graduates Martina Vukasovic, Jelena Brankovic and Lisa Brockerhoff in a team of researchers studying higher education governance?

The recently established Centre for Higher Education Governance Ghent (CHEGG) at University of Ghent in Belgium has three new openings: two for PhD students and one for a postdoc position.

2 PhD positions

The two PhD projects should focus on an element of the broader research project Higher Education Governance. This is a so-called Odysseus project, funded by the Flemish Research Council for five years. The project is – broadly speaking – interested in how (multi-actor, multi-level) governance arrangements evolve in higher education, how this impacts on the higher education fabric in different higher education systems and how higher education institutions respond to and adapt to the emerging governance challenges. 

The PhD students will initially be appointed for two years, with the possibility of an extension for another two years, if satisfactory progress is made in the first years. The PhD students will likely closely work together with each other and with other staff (postdoctoral researchers) on the Higher Education Governance project. (more…)

Mobility fellowships for Post-docs and researchers at the University of Turin

t2mThe University of Turin, with the support of the European Commission and the banking foundation Compagnia di San Paolo under FP7 People specific programme – Cofund Actions, is going to launch 2020 RESEARCHERS: TRAIN TO MOVE (T2M), a new incoming mobility fellowship programme addressed to post doc researchers.

T2M programme intends to offer to 28 high skilled researchers the opportunity to carry out a research project at one of 27 hosting departments of the University  and to attend a unique training on soft skills.T2M experience will contribute to the development of personal transferable skills of awarded fellows and will train them for developping careers in academic and non-academic sectors.


T2M is open to researchers of any nationality, provided however that at time of the deadline for submission of proposals, they must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Italy for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the closing date for submitting proposals. Short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.

If you are a potential T2M fellow, on the date of the relevant deadline for submission of proposals, you must either:

  • be in possession of a PhD from no more than 7 years or
  • have at least a track record of 4 to 10 years of full time equivalent research experience after MSc degree in the last ten years.

The first T2M call for proposals is now open. Deadline for submission is the 5th of May 2014.

More information:

All useful information is available at

2014 EFMD Higher Education Research Conference in Stockholm

EFMDTheme for this years conference is Research on Higher Education Management, Management Education and Business Schools: “Developments & Discoveries”. The conference is hosted by Stockholm Business School, at Stockholm University in Sweden, at 15-16 May 2014.

The main target group for the conference is to facilitate research and dialogue on topics related to Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and business schools by bringing together academics from management, higher education and other fields.

Three keynote speakers have been confirmed:

  • Rosemary DEEM, Vice Principal and Professor of Higher Education Management, Royal Holloway College, University of London
    “Developments and Discoveries in Research on Higher Education Management”
  • Santiago IÑIGUEZ DE ONZOÑO, Dean and Professor of Strategic Management, IE Business School
    “Bridging the Agora and the Academia: Relevance and Impact of Business School Research”
  • Ken STARKEY, Professor of Management and Organisational Learning, Nottingham Business School
    “In Search of a Narrative: Reflections on the Evolution of the Business School”

More information on conference website

Interview with Prof. B. Stensaker about his new appointment in a national commission

Professor Bjørn Stensaker  (HEIK, University of Oslo)

Professor Bjørn Stensaker
(HEIK, University of Oslo)

Bjørn Stensaker is a Professor of Higher Education at the University of Oslo and is also involved in the Hedda Master programme in higher education with teaching and supervision of students. He is also a member of the research group HEIK (Higher Education: Institutional dynamics and knowledge cultures)

Recently, he was appointed to a newly founded expert Commission in Norway that will examine the funding structure of higher education and advise the Minister on future developments. The Commission is led by Torbjørn Hægeland and it will deliver their conclusions by the end of the year. On this occasion, we asked Bjørn about his thoughts related to the new appointment and his evaluation on the current state of affairs in Norwegian higher education. 

You have newly been appointed to the national commission that will look into the funding system of HE in Norway. Could you tell a little what the role and mandate for the group will be?

Well, it is still early days, and it should be underlined that the Commission haven’t had its forst meeting yet. However, the Minister has been quite clear that one of the main aims of the Commission is to look into how quality within the sector can be fostered through the funding system. This would imply a shift from the current system which is more emphasising productivity/efficiency.

In your opinion, what are some of the core issues in Norway that highlight the need for re-examining the funding system? (more…)

Scholarships for students in South Eastern Europe to study in Austria

scholarshipsThe Province of Styrtia and University of Graz have a project “GO STYRIA” focuses on incoming research mobility for Master and Doctoral students as well as Post-Docs. In the winter semester 2014/2015 a total of 50 scholarship months can be awarded.

The scholarship program aims at Master and Doctoral students who:

  • Are currently  registered at universities in South-Eastern Europe (Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo, Montenegro, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” (F.Y.R.O.M.), Albania, Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Moldova) and also still registered during the winter semester 2014/15.
  • Are currently already working on their master of doctoral thesis.
  • Want to have a study period at the University of Graz as exchange students in order to do research and then finish their degree at their home universities.

Furthermore, Post-docs from Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo, Montenegro, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” (F.Y.R.O.M.), Albania, Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Moldova, who have completed their PhD programme with excellent results. The completion of the doctorate should not be older than 1 year at time of application.

Application deadline – 30 April 2014 – (receiving deadline of application via surface mail).

More information and the application form can be found here.