David Palfreyman

David Palfreyman, OBE

LLB Oxf Brookes, MBA Aston, MA Oxf, FRSA

David has been the Bursar since 1988. He is also the Director of the Oxford Centre for Higher Education Policy Studies (OxCHEPS), which is based at New College. David was a Member of the Board of the Office for Students (OfS) and a Trustee of the University of Bahrain.


David regularly lectures on Higher Education policy, governance, and management; as well as on legal matters relating to the running of universities. 

Research Interests

The law of higher education; comparative international HE policy (David is the joint editor of the 27 volume Routledge/Taylor&Francis 'International Studies in Higher Education' series); and the management of universities.

Selected Publications

  • Farrington & Palfreyman, The Law of Higher Education (2021 third edition, Oxford University Press Legal Practitioners Series).
  • Palfreyman, The Oxford Tutorial (2019 Amazon/Kindle; 2010 Chinese edition, University of Peking Press; 2019 Korean translation). 
  • Palfreyman & Tapper, Structuring Mass Higher Education: The Role of Elite Institutions (2009, Routledge). 
  • Tapper & Palfreyman, The Collegiate Tradition in Higher Education (2010, Springer).
  • Tapper & Palfreyman, Oxford, the Collegiate University: Conflict, Consensus, and Continuity (2011, Springer).
  • Palfreyman, London's Livery Companies (2010, Oracle); London's Inns of Court (2011, Oracle); London's Pall Mall Clubs (2019, Kindle/Amazon)
  • Palfreyman & Tapper, Reshaping the University: The Rise of the Regulated Market in Higher Education, 2014, Oxford University Press).
  • Palfreyman & Temple, Universities and Colleges: A Very Short Introduction (2017, Oxford University Press)
  • Palfreyman et al, Towards the Private Funding of Higher Education: Ideological and Political Struggles (2018, Routledge)
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