The new academic year is almost upon us. The legislation is now on the statute books, the TEF has been rolled out and we have a tiny bit more clarity on the status of international students, with a Government review currently underway. There remains, however, a rich agenda still to influence and we, at HEPI, are certainly not resting on our laurels.

Over the summer, the HEPI team has been busy working on a full schedule events for you to look forward to in the months ahead. Some of the highlights include topical discussions on good governance, tuition fees, and ‘value for money’.

We begin the agenda with roundtable discussions with UPP at both the upcoming Labour and Conservative Party conferences, looking at how universities can become regional hubs for growth.

In October, we will be co-hosting an event with Unite Students exploring the student experience. We will also be working with Birkbeck to commemorate the life of Dr Ruth Thompson, Governor of Birkbeck and a Trustee of HEPI.

As ever, we will be ending the year with the HEPI Annual Lecture, featuring guest speaker Professor Tan Chorh Chuan, President of the National University of Singapore.

Please find a detailed schedule of HEPI events below. To find out more information on any of the items or to register your interest, please click on the relevant links or contact HEPI Development Director Sarah Isles at s.isles@hepi.ac.uk with queries.

  • 18 September 2017: HEPI / Leadership Foundation panel discussion on good governance
  • 19 September 2017HEPI / Bridge Group Policy Seminar on ‘University Tuition Fees – what is a fair deal for students?’
  • 25 September 2017: HEPI / UPP Roundtable on ‘Industrial strategy: How can universities become regional hubs for growth?’ at the Labour Party Conference
  • 3 October 2017: HEPI / UPP Roundtable on ‘Industrial strategy: How can universities become regional hubs for growth?’ at the Conservative Party Conference
  • 10 October 2017: HEPI / Unite Students Roundtable dinner on value for money and the student expectations in Liverpool, kindly hosted by the University of Liverpool
  • 12 October 2017: HEPI / Brightside breakfast on ‘Where next for widening participation and fair access?’
  • 16 October 2017: HEPI panel discussion, with support from Unite Students on ‘The Student Experience: improving outcomes, raising performance’
  • 25 October 2017: HEPI / Birkbeck Ruth Thompson memorial event with Professor Claire Callender and Baroness Wolf of Dulwich
  • 9 November 2017: HEPI / PwC Roundtable Dinner on ‘The Changing Global Environment for UK Universities’ with Professor Sir Alan Langlands, VC at the University of Leeds
  • 22 November 2017 (tbc): Event supported by OUP on David Willetts’s forthcoming book on higher education
  • 27 November 2017: HEPI Partner Dinner
  • 7 December 2017: HEPI / Elsevier Lunch with Sir Mark Walport, Chief Executive Designate of UK Research and Innovation, and Professor Tan Chorh Chuan, President of the National University of Singapore
  • 7 December 2017: HEPI Annual Lecture with Professor Tan Chorh Chuan, President of the National University of Singapore, chaired by Professor Sir David Eastwood

We look forward to seeing you over the coming months.