Ronald Barnett is Professor of Higher Education at the Institute of Education, University of London and since 2005 he is Pro-Director responsible for Longer Term Strategy.
He graduated 1970 in philosophy, psychology and sociology from the University of Durham. Professor Barnett holds an MPhil, a PhD and a DLitt (Ed) from the University of London. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (FRSA) and a Fellow of the Society for Research into Higher Education (FRSHE). Professor Barnett has considerable experiences of senior management and leadership positions both within the Institute of Education and in other HE institutions. He is often invited to chair or to serve on major committees.
Professor Barnett has published extensively on a wide range of issues within Higher Education. Three of his books – “The Idea of Higher Education” (1990), “The Limits of competence” (1994) and “Beyond All Reason: Living with Ideology in the University” (2003) – won national prizes. He has a particular interest in bringing his scholarly research to bear on practical matters of institutional change, especially quality enhancement and academic development. He also has a particular commitment to his teaching, especially to his doctoral students.