Professor Christopher Millward

Professor Christopher Millward

School of Education
Professor of Practice in Education Policy

Contact details

School of Education
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Chris joined the University of Birmingham in January 2022 as Professor of Practice in Education Policy, having previously served as Director for Fair Access and Participation and as Director of Policy for England’s regulatory and funding agencies.  His work is focused on generating and deploying robust evidence for tertiary education policy and practice.  He is particularly interested in issues of equity and inclusion across the life-course, how different educational systems influence local and national prosperity, and how they could be improved.


  • MPhil, University of Manchester
  • BA, University of Warwick


Chris supervises students on the MA in Educational Leadership programme.


Recent publications


Millward, C 2023, 'Balancing the incentives in English higher education: the imperative to strengthen civic influence for levelling up*', Contemporary Social Science: Journal of the Academy of Social Sciences.

Millward, C 2023, 'Improving, but not equalising opportunity: the objective and effect of regulating fair access to higher education in England, and their implications for understanding higher education policy ', Oxford Review of Education.

Millward, C & Martin, J 2022, 'Community comprehensive education: an effective way forward for everyone', Forum: for promoting 3-19 Comprehensive Education, vol. 64, no. 3, pp. 159-175.


Millward, C 2023, What Happened to the Masterplan? The Relationship Between Universities and Government. in H Carasso (ed.), UK Higher Education: Policy, Practice and Debate During HEPI's First 20 Years. HEPI Report, no. 161, Higher Education Policy Institute, pp. 33-44. <>

Other report

Green, A, Millward, C & Taylor, A 2022, How can universities, colleges and employers deliver the skills for local productivity, innovation and prosperity? University of Birmingham. <>

Green, A, Millward, C & Taylor, A 2022, How can universities, colleges and employers deliver the skills needed for levelling up? University of Birmingham. <>

Working paper

Millward, C 2022 'Regulating fair access to higher education in England 2006-21' Centre for Global Higher Education working paper series, vol. 78, Centre for Global Higher Education, pp. 1-39. <>

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Professor Millward has engaged substantially with the media in his previous role, appearing on the Today programme, 5 live, and TV discussion programmes.  He has also written articles for general and trade press, and conducted interviews and press conferences with journalists.

Some examples of contributions to a newspaper without a paywall are provided below:

Media experience


Chis has significant policy experience having spent the last 20 years working for funding bodies and a regulator. 

He has particular expertise on pathways through post-compulsory education, including school to university transitions, further and higher education, knowledge, skills and work, including comparisons between England and other countries.  Also, the broader civic role of universities locally, nationally and internationally, which brings together their research, education and knowledge exchange missions.

Chris has provided evidence to parliamentary committees on issues such as higher education access, the supply of STEM graduates and postgraduate education.  He has also engaged with successive ministers, special advisers and officials responsible for higher education and engaged with it from different parts of government. 

Chris has served on independent commissions advising on different aspects of higher education, including:

  • Disabled Students Commission
  • Advisory board for the ESRC Research Centre on Global Higher Education
  • UK Student Information Advisory Group
  • UK Financial Sustainability Strategy Group
  • Universities UK Social Mobility Advisory Group
  • Shadbolt and Wakeham reviews of Digital and STEM Skills
  • Wilson Review of University-Business Interaction
  • Russell Review of University Museums and Galleries