Matthew has served on the executives of ARC and AUA, and is a Fellow of the AUA. At present he is a member of the AHUA executive. He has been a member of a number of national HE groups for organisations including, amongst others, UCAS, Jisc, HESA, and the Department for Education. His interest in contemporary higher education policy and practice includes having served as a member of the editorial boards for three professional journals in the UK, USA, and Australia. He steps down as Chair of the Perspectives Editorial Board at the end of the year.
Matthew holds degrees in Philosophy and Social Research. He obtained his doctorate from Oxford University after researching higher education in the nineteenth century and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.