13th Annual Conference of the German Society for Research in Higher Education (GfHf) | 12th-13th April 2018

Place and space in higher education: past, present and future visions of physical and virtual realities


Professor Dr. Ronald Barnett
Prof. Dr. Roland Barnett

Ronald Barnett is Emeritus Professor of Higher Education at the Institute of Education, University of London, where he was both Dean of Professional Development and (subsequently) Pro-Director for Longer-Term Strategy. As Dean from 1994-2001 he was also responsible for teaching, learning and quality matters. Ron is a recognized authority on the conceptual and theoretical understanding of the university and higher education, and has recently completed a trilogy of books on the subject: Being a University (2011), Imagining the University (2013) and Understanding the University: Institution, Idea, Possibilities (2016). He is a past Chair of the Society for Research into Higher Education, and recently served as a Special Adviser to the House of Commons Select Committee Inquiry into Universities and Students. He is a Fellow both of the Higher Education Academy and the Society for Research into Higher Education, Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the University of Oxford, Visiting Professor at the University of West London and Charles Sturt University in Australia and has been a Visiting Professor at universities in China. He acts as a consultant, and has worked with most of the national organizations in the UK and many individual universities, including the University of the West Indies and the TATA University.

Professor Dr. Jos Boys
Prof. Dr. Jos Boys

Jos Boys is Visiting Professor in Learning Landscapes at the University of Ulster, Belfast, Northern Ireland and an independent scholar. Originally qualified as an architect, Jos completed her PhD at the Faculty of Urban and Regional Studies, University of Reading, with a thesis on the inter-relationships between housing design, material practices and everyday life in England 1830-1980. Following work in academic development and instructional design in Australia and Great Britain, she has gained world-renown as an expert consultant in Learning Space Design in Higher Education, an area in which she has published extensively, e.g. Towards Creative Learning Spaces: Re-thinking the architecture of post-compulsory education (2011) and Building Better Universities: Strategies, Spaces, Technologies (2014). She has held numerous international keynotes, most recently at the Educational Architecture - Pasts Presents and Futures conference, Department of Education, Aarhus University, Copenhagen (September, 2017). Jos has advised higher education institutions on the design and construction of their campus sites, e.g. as Academic Development Advisor, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) and HCMC (Saigon) Campus Vietnam, and as Learning Environments Consultant, University of South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia.

Ralf Tegtmeyer

Ralf Tegtmeyer

Ralf Tegtmeyer has recently taken up the post of Executive Director of the HIS Institute for Higher Education Research (HIS-HE) in Hannover (since September 2017). From 1996 onwards he was engaged in the field of building and facility management of HIS-HE, formerly HIS GmbH. An engineer by trade with additional qualifications in economics and management focussing on organisational development, he advises HEIs and research institutions in the development of their organisational and facility management. In this capacity he specialises in evaluations, organisational development processes and benchmarking cycles. Previous to his employment at HIS he was project leader at the I.I.R. Institute for Research GmbH & Co. training subject and leadership staff. Ralf originally studied agricultural sciences at the Georg-August-University Göttingen, specialising in economic and social sciences, followed by interdisciplinary economics and management at the Leibniz-University Hannover.