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21 03, 2018

2018 HEPI / HEA Parliamentary Breakfast Seminar: Equality, Diversity, Inclusivity: Do universities reflect society enough?

21 March, 2018|Events, Seminars|2 Comments|

Our higher education institutions share a commitment to equality and diversity. In theory, this means they are united in their aim to create a balanced and inclusive culture, in which everyone, staff and students, feels valued irrespective of gender, ethnicity, sexuality, age or ability. The latest HEPI / HEA Student Academic Experience Survey, however, reveals a striking difference in wellbeing levels between straight students and those classifying themselves as Gay, Bisexual, Asexual or Other. Students from non-White ethnic backgrounds also report lower levels of satisfaction with their higher education experience. Are our universities failing in their mission to reflect the diversity of wider society? Is the hyper-selectivity of some institutions reinforcing inequality in the sector instead of eliminating it? And what could universities be doing to promote inclusivity in the future?


Chris Millward, new Director for Fair Access and Participation, Office for Students

Dr Margaret Casely-Hayford, Chancellor, Coventry University


22 02, 2018

2018 HEPI / HEA Parliamentary Breakfast Seminar: Little Britain or Open Borders – what role for universities in defining Britain’s new place on the world stage?

22 February, 2018|Events, Seminars|2 Comments|

As the UK faces up to a future outside the European Union, our universities could have a pivotal role in defining the country’s future. But how can this be delivered? Should they focus on local, national or international priorities – or try to deliver all three? And how can institutions remain world class if they are less able to recruit international students and researchers? How can the UK continue punching above its weight in research across a wide range of disciplines when there are so many new obstacles in the way?


Alistair Jarvis, Chief Executive, UUK

David Goodhart, Programme Director, Policy Exchange and author of The Road to Somewhere: The Populist Revolt and the Future of Politics

Dr Lee Jones, Reader in International Politics at Queen Mary, University of London and winner of the THE / HEPI EU Referendum essay competition (2016)

29 01, 2018

HEPI Roundtable Dinner in partnership with Elsevier: ‘Incentivising University/Business Collaboration: Is the Knowledge Exchange Framework what the HE sector needs?’

29 January, 2018|Events|0 Comments|

On Monday, 29th January 2018, HEPI and Elsevier will be hosting a roundtable dinner at the Royal Society in central London on the Knowledge Exchange Framework, with guest speaker Professor Trevor J McMillan, Vice-Chancellor, Keele University.

This event is invite-only. For further information, please contact Sarah Isles, Director of Development (

24 01, 2018

2018 HEPI / HEA Parliamentary Breakfast Seminar: How should we understand value for money in HE?

24 January, 2018|Events, Seminars|0 Comments|

Over the past decade, universities have come to be viewed through a ‘value for money’ lens with a particular focus now on what they are delivering for their students in terms of graduate outcomes and salaries. It is not just students who are asking what it is that they are getting in return for their tuition fees. Government and wider society have also begun to question the efficiency and effectiveness of our higher education sector. But what is ‘value for money’ in HE? How can universities deliver it? And who should decide the terms of trade?


Professor Alec Cameron, Vice-Chancellor, Aston University

Sally Hunt, General Secretary, University and College Union (UCU)

Janusz Kozinski, new CEO, NMiTE

7 12, 2017

2017 HEPI Annual Lecture by Professor Tan Chorh Chuan, President of the National University of Singapore

7 December, 2017|Events, Lectures|0 Comments|

The 2017 HEPI Annual Lecture is to be delivered on the evening of Thursday, 7th December by Professor TAN Chorh Chuan, President of the National University of Singapore. He will be speaking on ‘Major shifts in global higher education: A perspective from Asia’.

For further information, contact Emma Ma at 


27 11, 2017

HEPI Partner Roundtable Dinner, Royal Society, 27 November 2017

27 November, 2017|Events|0 Comments|

With guest speaker Sir Anthony Seldon, political historian and commentator, and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Buckingham.

With universities now facing the closest scrutiny for many years, Sir Anthony will be discussing the challenges facing sector leaders at this particular moment in time, as well as reflecting on his own experience of moving from schools to higher education.

The HEPI Partner Dinners are invite-only and organised exclusively for our HEPI Partners. For further information please contact Emma Ma  (

22 11, 2017

‘A University Education – past, present and future’ – An evening of debate and discussion with The Rt Hon Lord David Willetts and Sir Michael Barber, chaired by Branwen Jeffreys

22 November, 2017|Events|0 Comments|

An evening of debate and discussion with  The Rt Hon Lord David Willetts and Sir Michael Barber 

Chaired by Branwen Jeffreys

HEPI is organising an evening of discussion and debate with the Rt Hon Lord David Willetts, Executive Chair of the Resolution Foundation and author of the forthcoming A University Education, and Sir Michael Barber, Chair of the Office for Students, to be held at the The Shard, London SE1 on Wednesday 22nd November from 6pm.

Chaired by Branwen Jeffreys, Education Editor at the BBC, the event will provide a platform for two of the most influential figures in higher education today to discuss the current state of play in the sector, the challenges ahead and what the next big education debate will be. 

Supported by the Oxford University Press and the UPP Foundation.

This is an invite-only event. For further information, please contact Sarah isles (

25 10, 2017

Dr Ruth Thompson Commemorative Lecture at Birkbeck, University of London

25 October, 2017|Events, Lectures|0 Comments|

Dr Ruth Thompson Commemorative Lecture, Wednesday 25th October 2017, 6pm at Birkbeck

On Wednesday, 25th October 2017 HEPI and Birkbeck will be holding a Lecture to commemorate the life of Dr Ruth Thompson. Professor Claire Callender and Baroness Wolf of Dulwich will be in conversation to discuss the future of higher education.

Dr Thompson had a career as a civil servant in the Treasury and later in education policy, and served as a Governor of Birkbeck and as a Trustee of HEPI.

Please join us for what will be a fascinating insight into the policymaking process and to reflect on the enormous contribution Ruth made as a civil servant and as a trustee and governor.

For further information, please contact 


16 10, 2017

HEPI panel discussion: The Student Experience: improving outcomes, raising performance. What the latest data are telling us and how should higher education institutions respond?

16 October, 2017|Events, Seminars|0 Comments|

Monday, 16th Oct 2017
The Student Experience: improving outcomes, raising performance
9.45am – 1pm, British Academy

The Government is increasing the pressure on universities to demonstrate that they are delivering for their students.  As the new regulatory regime for higher education takes shape, HEPI is providing a platform for stakeholders to review the latest data on students’ views of their higher education experience, including new data from Unite Students’ Insight Survey (to be published on the day) and to consider the key policy interventions that can create the best outcome for students:

What are the key drivers of value for money in higher education?
How do universities gain a clear understanding of the needs and expectations of their diverse student populations?
And what are the best strategies to improve outcomes and raise performance across the board?

For more information, please contact Sarah Isles:

12 10, 2017

HEPI Breakfast Seminar in partnership with Brightside: ‘Where next for widening participation and fair access?’ Opening keynote by the Rt Hon Robert Halfon MP, Chair, Education Select Committee

12 October, 2017|Events, Seminars|0 Comments|

Despite the progress in opening up universities to people from under-represented groups, there is still a long way to go. The current changes to higher education, including the closure of the Office for Fair Access, mean we could be in for a bumpy period. It is time to take stock by learning from all those working with disadvantaged people inside and beyond universities, being willing to change tack when initiatives are ineffective and incorporating new insights from areas like behavioural economics.

HEPI and the social mobility charity Brightside are working in partnership to bring together key experts on widening participation to see what more can be done to improve social mobility. Following publication over the summer of our collection of essays called Where next for widening participation and fair access? the HEPI/Brightside Breakfast Seminar on 12th October will provide a platform for the key stakeholders to come together for a frank discussion on what more universities can do to unlock people’s potential within the new regulatory environment:

How do we achieve a real step change in widening participation and fair access?
Should universities be compelled to radically reduce entry requirements for disadvantaged students?
How should the sector and institutions deal with inequalities in non-completion rates and degree and employment outcomes for different groups of students?

Opening keynote by the Rt Hon Robert Halfon MP, Chair of the Education Selection Committee.

Speakers to include Zhi Soon, Director, Behavioural Insights team; Vonnie Sandlan, former President of NUS Scotland; Professor Stephen Gorard, Professor of Education and Public Policy, Durham University; David Woolley, Head of Schools, Colleges and Community Outreach, Nottingham Trent University; Anand Shukla, Chief Executive, Brightside; and Nick Hillman, HEPI Director.

For further information please contact Sarah Isles at