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