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Josh Freeman

  • Skills, skills and degree apprenticeships – a review of Conservative Party Conference

    6 October 2023 by Josh Freeman

    There were only 22,060 degree apprentice starts in 2022/23 (of 560,000 students accepted through UCAS overall) – but if the 2023 Conservative Party Conference was your first foray into higher education, you wouldn’t know it. This was #CPC23, my first Tory Conference and a wonderfully hectic tour in search of…

  • HEPI research shows nearly half of universities ‘promote’ part-time work

    23 September 2023 by Josh Freeman

    HEPI research into the cost-of-living crisis, to be discussed today on Radio 4 Money Box, shows that a significant proportion of universities are open to the possibility of students working part-time during their studies or even encouraging them to do so. The finding is part of HEPI’s recent research into…

  • How to Beat a Cost-of-Learning Crisis: Universities’ Support for Students

    14 September 2023 by Josh Freeman

    This HEPI Report considers the strategies adopted by higher education institutions to support students affected by the cost-of-living crisis. It finds they are adopting a range of measures, such as supporting students with the costs of food and drink, providing means-tested and unconditional funding, subsidising student activities, and opening food…

  • Results Day 2023: three things to expect

    15 August 2023 by Josh Freeman

    On Thursday, university offer holders from England, Wales and Northern Ireland will wake up from their summer slumbers and head to their school or college to collect their exam results. They might expect three things: falling grades, high competition, and to be attending university with more international students than before.…

  • To end the strikes standoff, it falls to government

    26 July 2023 by Josh Freeman

    Videos recently emerged of disruption to graduation ceremonies at the University of Edinburgh. Disappointed at receiving only an apology note in lieu of a degree certificate and angry at the failure to resolve the dispute, students chanted and carried protest signs on stage. On encouragement by a student speaker, many…