Phil Baty is an international authority on university performance and strategy, with more than 25 years of experience in global higher education, including a decade (2009-19) as editor of the prestigious Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings and its derivative analyses. He is a sought-after speaker, commentator and consultant, and he currently leads government affairs activities at THE, the trusted global data and insights partner for the higher education sector. Phil was the creator of the THE World Academic Summit. He oversaw its expansion into the world’s pre-eminent series of university leadership and policy events, and he led the team that developed and launched the Global Sustainable Development Congress and the sector-leading “Digital Universities” international events series.
Phil was listed as one of the top 15 “most influential” in education by The Australian newspaper in 2012, and in the 2016 book Global University Rankings and the Mediatization of Higher Education, he is described as “one of the most powerful commentators, and arguably policy actors, on higher education”.
Phil joined Times Higher Education (THE) in 1996, and served as chief reporter, news editor, deputy editor, editor-at-large, editorial director and chief knowledge officer, before taking his current role as chief global affairs officer. He took over responsibility for the World University Rankings in 2008 and led the development of the current THE World University Rankings methodology, determining the 13 performance indicators and weightings currently used to evaluate world-class research universities.
Phil is an award-winning journalist. He picked up the Ted Wragg Award for Sustained Contribution to Education Journalism (CIPR) in 2010 and was a runner-up for the Paul Foot Award for Campaigning Journalism, run by The Guardian and Private Eye magazine in 2007. He contributes regularly on global higher education for leading newspapers and broadcasters around the world.