In April, 2008 there was controversy as Harvey was suspended from his position by the UK's Higher Education Academy for writing a letter to the Times Higher Education that was critical of the National Student Survey. In May, 2008 he quit his post over the issue.
His work is in the field of higher education policy.
- "Professor Lee Harvey". Sheffield Hallam University. Archived from the original on 13 January 2007. Retrieved 12 July 2008.
- "Academics criticise HEA for flouting principles of intellectual freedom". Times Higher Education. 17 April 2008. Retrieved 12 July 2008.
- "Controversy continues as HEA director leaves post". Times Higher Education. 29 May 2008. Retrieved 12 July 2008.