Nick Hillman has been the Director of HEPI since January 2014. He worked for the Rt Hon David Willetts MP, the Minister for Universities and Science, from 2007 until the end of 2013, as Chief of Staff and then Special Adviser in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. Previously, he was a History teacher and worked at the Association of British Insurers. At the 2010 general election, he was the runner-up in Cambridge.
He has written for a range of think tanks and journals. His recent writings include an article on the fifty-year history of student loans for Contemporary British History, a pamphlet on being a special adviser for the Institute of Government and a paper comparing access to selective secondary schools and selective universities for Higher Education Review.
His recent pamphlets for HEPI include an assessment of the impact of students in the general election of 2015, a comparison of the UK and German higher education systems and a guide to the removal of student numbers controls.