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Top of the Blogs in 2019

  • 31 December 2019

For HEPI, 2019 has been the busiest year to date, not just in terms of events and publications, but also on the beloved blog.

We have pulled together a list of the blogs and releases which have proved the most popular. What stands out is the variety of issues and authors, with blogs featuring from from across the year, reflecting a year of dynamism in higher education policy debate, covering a range of areas from Augar to the general election, international students and staff mental health, to name just a few.

  1. A Level Analysis 2019: Blood Pressure Alert for English and Mathematics by Mary Curnock Cook, higher education expert and senior adviser with Cairneagle Associates, and Christoffer Fogtdal, Strategy Consultant at Cairneagle Associates, 21st August 2019.
  2. Confused about where the political parties stand on tuition fees? You will be… by Nick Hillman, HEPI Director, 16th February 2019.
  3. Students will be given more than 1.5 million wrong GCSE, AS and A level grades this summer. Here are some potential solutions. Which do you prefer? by Dennis Sherwood, an independent consultant, 16th July 2019.
  4. The student vote: does it matter in 2019? Which seats could it affect? How is Corbyn faring among students? by Nick Hillman, HEPI Director, 28th October 2019.
  5. The university has become an anxiety machine, by Dr Liz Morrish, author of HEPI Occasional Paper 20, Pressure Vessels: The epidemic of poor mental health among higher education staff, 23rd May 2019.
  6. Are degree standards the same at all universities? by Dr Andrew Hindmarsh, who is an analyst for the Complete University Guide and also Head of Planning at the University of Nottingham, 2nd July 2018.
  7. Universities have lost the country: Here’s how UUK must reform to win it back, by Sir Anthony Seldon, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Buckingham, 14th March 2019.
  8. Student Academic Experience Survey 2019 by Jonathan Neves and Nick Hillman, 13th June 2019.
  9. Four ways the Augar review impacts on Widening Participation in higher education, by Hugo Dale-Harris, previously Policy Officer at HEPI, now working at the Department for Work and Pensions, 30th May 2019.
  10. Should students be free to register with different doctors for home and away? by Dr Dominique Thompson, Honorary Secretary of the Student Health Association, 27th March 2017.
  11. 1 school exam grade in 4 is wrong. That’s the good news… by Dennis Sherwood, an independent consultant, 25th February 2019.
  12. The best for universities over the next few years is not good, Anonymous contribution, 19th December 2019.
  13. Grammar schools significantly increase the chances of disadvantaged pupils reaching highly-selective universities, especially Oxbridge, by Iain Mansfield, Head of Education, Skills, Science and Innovation at Policy Exchange. 10th January 2019.
  14. Just one cohort of international students who stay in the UK to work pay £3.2 billion in tax – and they aren’t taking jobs from UK citizens, by HEPI, Kaplan and London Economics, 21st March 2019.
  15. HEPI publishes ideas for reducing racial inequality in higher education, by Hugo Dale-Harris, previously Policy Officer at HEPI, now working at the Department for Work and Pensions, 19th September 2019.
  16. 1 school exam grade in 4 is wrong. Does this matter? by Dennis Sherwood, an independent consultant, 15th January 2019.
  17. Comment on the National Student Survey results (and why the NSS needs another revamp), Nick Hillman, HEPI Director, 3rd July 2019.
  18. Why do so many academics struggle to understand the politics of modern Britain? by Simon Goldsworthy, Professor of Public Relations and Advertising, Richmond, the American International University in London, 3rd December 2019.
  19. What will the next Prime Minister think of higher education? by Nick Hillman, HEPI Director, 28th May 2019.
  20. Saving humanities from the STEM promised land by Dr. Samuel Martín-Barbero, Vice-Chancellor at the University Camilo José Cela, Madrid, Spain. 29th July 2019.

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