David Palfreyman in his Office

David Palfreyman, OBE

Bursar
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; and is the Honorary Treasurer of, and a Trustee of, the Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE). David is a Member of the Board of the Office for Students (OfS). 

Teaching

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 25 volume Routledge/Taylor&Francis 'International Studies in Higher Education' series); and the management of universities.

Selected Publications

  • Farrington & Palfreyman, The Law of Higher Education (2012 second edition, Oxford University Press Legal Practitioners Series).
  • Palfreyman, The Oxford Tutorial (2008 second edition, OxCHEPS; 2010 Chinese edition, University of Peking Press). 
  • 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 forthcoming, 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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