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  • Shakira Martin on Widening participation

    22 March 2019 by Shakira Martin

    This is a guest blog based on the speech Shakira Martin gave at HEPI/Advance HE’s House of Commons seminar on Widening Participation.  Widening participation in education and improving social mobility have been central issues of focus throughout my, now almost two year, presidency of the National Union of Students (NUS).…

  • Response to HEPI’s International Students research from Shadow Higher and Further Education Minister, Gordon Marsden MP

    21 March 2019 by Gordon Marsden MP

    Responding to the Higher Education Policy Institute and Kaplan International Pathways research commissioned from London Economics on the financial contributions of international students, Shadow Higher and Further Education Minister Gordon Marsden MP said: “Today’s report underlines everything Labour and the sector have been saying about the vital contribution international students’…

  • The UK’s tax revenues from international students post-graduation

    21 March 2019 by Dr Gavan Conlon, Maike Halterbeck and Sophie Hedges

    The Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) and Kaplan International Pathways have published research commissioned from London Economics on the financial contributions of international students who stay in the UK to work. The report additionally considers whether these former students are displacing others in the labour market and evaluates the financial…

  • Has Derry’s time come? The case for expanding HE in Northern Ireland’s second city

    20 March 2019 by Jonny Roberts

    A guest blog contributed by Jonny Roberts, Associate Editor at Westminster Forum Projects where he previously led the Westminster Higher Education Forum and was involved in the launch of the Policy Forum for Northern Ireland. He writes here in a personal capacity.  When Lord Adonis recently took his one-man anti-Brexit…

  • What ever happened to Open Data?

    19 March 2019 by Mick Fletcher

    A guest blog kindly contributed by Mick Fletcher, Honorary Fellow at the Post 14 Centre for Education and Work, UCL Once upon a time the UK government took pride in the fact that it was a world leader in open data. Back in 2012 the Cabinet office released a White Paper entitled…

  • Universities have lost the country: Here’s how UUK must reform to win it back

    14 March 2019 by Anthony Seldon

    This guest blog has been kindly contributed by Anthony Seldon, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Buckingham. Universities in the UK have lost the country. If not the entire country, the elites at least have given up on us. Sometime, earlier this decade, their perception of us began to change from…

  • Everybody wants to recruit the world: our Tier 4 fears (and how to fix them)

    13 March 2019 by Adam Haxell

    This is a guest blog kindly contributed by Adam Haxell, Senior Parliamentary Officer for MillionPlus, the Association for Modern Universities. Opinion on higher education policy is starkly divided across the political spectrum. What should be on offer, where, when and who pays for it – every position appears hotly contested.…

  • What can we learn from other countries about abolishing tuition fees?

    11 March 2019 by Alison Kershaw

    In this guest blog, the education journalist Alison Kershaw writes about what she has learnt about abolishing tuition fees during a stint in Chile – and what it could mean for plans to do the same back at home in England. In 2011, just months after students in England took…

  • University – the best times of our lives?

    7 March 2019 by Graham Galbraith

    A guest blog kindly contributed for University Mental Health Day by Graham Galbraith, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Portsmouth. When my generation reflects on our university days, we tend to think they were the best years of our lives. These days, with the media focus on poor student mental health, young…

  • Degrees of inequality

    6 March 2019 by Tim Blackman

    A guest blog kindly contributed by Tim Blackman, Vice-Chancellor, Middlesex University Degree classification and inequalities in higher education are the focus of two recent Office for Students reports and regulations. Both these issues are informed by statistical analyses by the OfS that make much of ‘unexplained variation’. However, very different…