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The UK's only independent think tank devoted to higher education.


Bahram Bekhradnia established the Higher Education Policy Institute in 2002, and was its Director until December 2013 following which he became HEPI’s first President. During his time as Director, he established HEPI as one of the most respected and highly referenced higher education think tanks in the world, advising governments in more than 25 different countries Before establishing HEPI he was the Director of Policy for the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) since its formation in 1992. While at HEFCE he was at the heart of many of the key developments affecting higher education during the decade. Before joining the Funding Council,  he had spent his career in the Department of Education and Science (as it then was), where he was latterly Head of the Teacher Supply Division.