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Top of the Blogs in 2017

  • 28 December 2017
  • By Nick Hillman

HEPI has had by far its busiest ever year on our blog (est.2014) during 2017.

In a slightly shameless lifting of the excellent annual roundup of the most popular stories by Times Higher Education (see here for their 2017 list), we list below which of our blog posts have proved the most popular.

What stands out is the variety of issues and authors and also that the list covers all four seasons, all perhaps reflecting the high salience of higher education policy issues throughout 2017.

  1. A Connected Curriculum for Higher Education by Dilly Fung, Professor of Higher Education Development and Academic Director at UCL’s Arena Centre for Research-based Education (formerly CALT), 25 September 2017
  2. General Election 2017: Is this the end of the road for the Higher Education and Research Bill as we know it? by Diana Beech, HEPI’s Director of Policy and Advocacy, 19 April 2017
  3. Should students be free to register with different doctors for home and away? by Dr Dominique Thompson, Honorary Secretary of the Student Health Association, 27 March 2017
  4. Don’t let the Home Office stand in the way of good policy by Professor Graham Galbraith, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Portsmouth, 17 January 2017
  5. What more might universities do to promote entrepreneurship? by Loris Raimo, a student at Trinity College, Oxford, 21 February 2017
  6. The TEF: an idiot’s guide to the arguments for and against by Nick Hillman, HEPI Director, 6 March 2017
  7. Independent HE responds to our new report on alternative providers by Alex Proudfoot, Chief Executive of Independent Higher Education, 5 January 2017
  8. The DUP in power: What it means for UK universities by Diana Beech, HEPI’s Director of Policy and Advocacy, 12 June 2017
  9. Review of David Willetts’s ‘A University Education’ by Professor Andy Westwood, Vice Dean in the Faculty of Humanities and Professor of Government Practice at the University of Manchester (and a former Special Adviser to John Denham during this time as the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills), 23 November 2017
  10. What should be the first decision of a new Universities Minister? by Nick Hillman, HEPI Director, 6 June 2017
  11. How I got into education policymaking by Nick Hillman, HEPI Director, 2 November 2017
  12. Measuring teaching intensity: the authors respond to the critics by Gervas Huxley and Mike Peacey, 7 August 2017

While there is no dominant theme, it is notable that a few pieces on politics around the time of the 2017 general election do make the list.

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We have separately listed which HEPI publications from the last few years have been the most widely read.

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