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Welcome to our two millionth visitor

  • 22 July 2021
  • By Nick Hillman

Today, the HEPI website will receive its two millionth hit since the start of 2015. It took us almost five years, from January 2015 to November 2019, to score the first million but it has taken only 20 months, or less than two years, to hit the second million.

This reflects the greater interest in higher education issues during the time of Brexit and other political turmoil and people spending longer on their screens during COVID, as well as more output from HEPI, with – for example – our blog now hosting new content every working day.

The 25 most read entries on our site ever are listed below and show which topics tend to garner the most interest. As we enter the results period, it is notable that the topic with the most interest over the past six years has been last year’s Level 3 (A-Level / BTEC) results, which take up half of the top 10 including the number 1 slot. This year’s results are likely to earn a similar level of interest, which is why our next event will be an In Conversation with Clare Marchant, the Chief Executive of UCAS, on Friday, 30 July – book here.

the topic with the most interest over the past six years has been last year’s Level 3 (A-Level / BTEC) results

Other topics with more than one entry include: the student experience; COVID; international students; staff wellbeing; and international students.

  1. A-Levels 2020: what students and parents need to know
  2. Mind the gap: gender differences in higher education
  3. Two and a half cheers for Ofqual’s ‘standardisation model’ for GCSE, AS and A level grades – so long as schools comply
  4. A word from UCAS: Five things on the minds of universities as we approach Confirmation and Clearing 2020
  5. Are degree standards the same at all universities?
  6. The employment of PhD graduates in the UK: what do we know?
  7. SUNDAY READING: Ofqual’s Summer Symposium, Slide 12: Examiner’s Report
  8. Should students be free to register with different doctors for home and away?
  9. A Level Analysis 2019: Blood Pressure Alert for English and Mathematics
  10. New study shows the benefits of international students are ten times greater than the costs – and are worth £310 per UK resident
  11. The Future of Higher Education After COVID – by Nick Hillman
  12. 2017 Student Academic Experience Survey
  13. The university has become an anxiety machine
  14. What fees will EU students end up paying next year?
  15. 2015 HEPI-HEA Student Academic Experience Survey
  16. 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?
  17. Upending the rankings: Benchmarking widening participation in universities
  18. Online learning: Are we asking the right questions?
  19. Eight interventions for mitigating the impact of Covid-19 on higher education
  20. Universities will be changed forever by the Coronavirus crisis – and its aftermath
  21. Keeping up with the Germans: What can Germany teach the UK on fees, migration and research?
  22. 1 school exam grade in 4 is wrong. Does this matter?
  23. CAGs rule OK
  24. New HEPI report reveals the underachievement of young men in higher education – and calls on the sector to do more to tackle the problem
  25. Pressure Vessels: The epidemic of poor mental health among higher education staff

If you feel motivated to contribute to HEPI’s daily blog or other output on these issues or other higher education topics over the next year, do get in touch. We are not interested in pieces we have been offered in the past on horse shows nor advertorials, and any submissions need to be in line with our Style Guide as well as our charitable obectives, but otherwise do please get in touch.

1 comment

  1. Paul Woodgates says:

    Congratulations to all at HEPI on the two millionth hit!

    No doubt you are right Nick that the huge recent increase in readership is partly due to the pandemic, but it’s also down to the reputation for the quality of material published by HEPI and its importance to the policy debate on HE. Keep up the great work HEPI – the sector needs you!

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