In this HEPI report, Three Cheers for Lord Leveson: Independent self-regulation – newspapers and universities compared, Rob Behrens, the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education, considers the relevance for higher education of the recent attempt at overall of press regulation following the Lord Leveson Inquiry. The report is part of an occasional series of HEPI reports in which HEPI provides a platform for senior figures in the sector to reflect on important issues in higher education policy.
In his paper for HEPI, Three Cheers for Lord Leveson: Independent self-regulation – newspapers and universities compared, Rob Behrens argues that there is validity in comparing the experiences of regulation in the newspaper industry and higher education.
The findings of HEPI’s most recent survey of the student academic experience, this year carried out jointly with Which? and published on Wednesday 15 May 2013, show that nothing much has changed in respect of things like the number of contact hours that students receive and the size of their teaching groups since the first survey HEPI conducted in 2006 when fees were still £1,000 per year.
HEPI-HEA 2013 Spring Conference: HE Reforms – the impact on admission to university and the student academic experience
HEPI’s 2013 Spring Conference, developed in partnership with the Higher Education Academy, focuses on the impact of the Government’s HE reforms on university admissions and the student learning experience.
A copy of the conference programme is available for download here
The speaker presentations from the conference are available for dowload here
Which? has partnered with the Higher Education Policy Institute to conduct the most comprehensive survey yet into the student academic experience. And this year the sample has been large enough to enable us to look at the experiences of a student studying the same subject at different universities. The 2013 Student Academic Experience Survey is published to coincide with HEPI’s Spring Conference on university admissions and the academic experience of students.
This HEPI Conference examines the impact of the changes in higher education policy on university admissions. Universities are now unconstrained in their admission of students with the highest grades at A level; but at the same time they are under tighter constraints than ever in their recruitment of students with lower grades. And there are signs that demand for higher education may be reducing. On top of all this universities are being encouraged to take into account ‘contextual information’ in deciding which students to admit.
Meanwhile a recent Which? survey revealed many prospective students have no access to independent advice and guidance when making their applications. And once at university, how will students benefit from the increased investment in HE that the higher tuition fees provide? Are universities improving the overall student learning experience as fees are increasing?
The HEPI Spring Conference, organised in partnership with the Higher Education Academy, brings together senior HE leaders and policy-makers who have been central to shaping and responding to the strategic direction of the policy environment for HE and provides an opportunity for their colleagues in schools, colleges and universities to discuss the new landscape. The conference will also hear results of the HEPI/Which? survey of the academic experience of students.
Speakers: Rt Hon David Willetts MP, Minister for Universities and Science; Liam Burns, President NUS; Rob Behrens, Chief Executive, Office of the Independent Adjudicator; Bahram Bekhradnia, Director, HEPI; Mark Corver, Head of Analysis & Research, UCAS; Mary Curnock Cook, Chief Executive, UCAS; Professor David Eastwood, Vice Chancellor, University of Birmingham & Chair of the Russell Group; Professor Les Ebdon, Director, Office for Fair Access; Mike Griffiths, Head, Northampton School for Boys & President, Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL);Professor Mary Stuart, Vice Chancellor, University of Lincoln; Dr Tim Hands, Master, […]
A joint study by Which? and HEPI, to be published on 15 May to coincide with HEPI’s Spring Conference, has produced the most comprehensive research yet into the student academic experience.
This HEPI Report – part of an occasional series of HEPI Reports in which HEPI provides a platform for distinguished figures to reflect on important issues in higher education policy – focuses on the new arrangements for quality assurance in higher education with papers by Anthony McClaran, Chief Executive of the QAA and Professor Roger Brown, Professor of HE Policy at Liverpool Hope University.
Anthony McClaran provides a review of the recent developments in quality assurance and focuses on the work that has gone into developing the new method, Higher Education Review.
Professor Roger Brown, providing a critical analysis of the proposed new risk-based approach to quality assurance, argues that the central issue, given the new and more competitive environment in which all higher education institutions are now having to operate, is whether the new regime will be strong enough to protect the future quality and standards of UK higher education.
Anthony McClaran provides a review of the recent developments in quality assurance and focuses on the work that has gone into developing the new method, Higher Education Review. He argues that the 2011 White Paper should be seen more as an evolutionary development rather than a radical departure, when viewed against the backdrop of the recent history of public and political debates around external quality assurance.
Bahram Bekhradnia, the current Director of the Higher Education Policy Institute – a position that he has held since the creation of HEPI in November 2002 – is to step down from his position as Director, and take up a new role as President of HEPI with effect from 31 December 2013.