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  • Home Sweet Home – so long as someone else is there…

    4 December 2020 by Martin Blakey

    This blog has been kindly written for HEPI by Martin Blakey, who is the Chief Executive of Unipol Student Homes and the co-author of the recent HEPI report ‘Student Accommodation: The Facts‘ (HEPI Analytical Report 2, August 2020). He compiles the Accommodation Costs Survey, which has been running since 1967,…

  • Reimagining the workplace: Good Remote Working

    2 December 2020 by Sue Smith & Dr Adrian Wright

    This blog has been written by Professor Sue Smith, Director of the Centre of SME Development and Dr Adrian Wright, Director of the Institute of Research into Organisations, Work and Employment at University of Central Lancashire. You can contact Sue and Adrian at SMEDevelopment@uclan.ac.uk Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs)…

  • Why we must address the graduate gender pay gap

    1 December 2020 by Caroline Hunt

    This blog was kindly contributed by Caroline Hunt, Equal Education Spokesperson for the Women’s Equality Party. During my first year at university I interviewed for a relief receptionist job at a local GP surgery. My mother had been made redundant and my father was unable to work due to ill…

  • What is the right age to begin academic selection? 11? 14? 16? 18? Never?

    30 November 2020

    In my seven years at HEPI, the most controversial paper we have issued – by some distance – is a piece on academic publishing. It argued for a National Licence scheme, which would have given everyone in the UK free and legal access to current and past academic output that might…

  • We need more than workshops to support the wellbeing of PhD researchers

    27 November 2020 by Ellie Crabtree

    This blog was kindly contributed by University Alliance’s Programmes Administrator Dr Ellie Crabtree, who supports the delivery of their Doctoral Training Alliance (DTA). Ellie completed a PhD in Italian Studies at the University of St Andrews at the start of 2020. You can find her on Twitter @evcrabtree This time…

  • Browne, COVID and the Humanities. What next?

    26 November 2020 by Gabriel Roberts

    This blog was contributed by Gabriel Roberts, who was a doctoral student in English when the Browne Report was published in October 2010. Since then, he has conducted research on writing about the value of the Humanities in the period 2010 to 2014. It is now just over 10 years…

  • ‘Adjust your projects’: UKRI’s announcement is a red flag for research

    25 November 2020 by Chris Brasnett

    This blog was kindly contributed by Chris Brasnett, former Postgraduate Education Officer at the University of Bristol Students’ Union (2019-2020). Chris is completing a PhD in membrane biophysics at the University of Bristol and you can find him on Twitter @csbrasnett Increasingly, there is a question at the heart of…

  • Why the pandemic is likely to produce a shift in academics’ pension arrangements

    24 November 2020 by Nick Hillman

    The largest private sector pension scheme in the UK … A couple of years ago, I spent much of the Christmas break in a Reading Room at the British Library. I was investigating the history of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS). It was more fun than it sounds. The report I wrote…

  • Five questions currently on the minds of university recruitment teams

    23 November 2020 by Sander Kristel

    Today’s blog was written by Sander Kristel, UCAS Chief Operations Officer. You can find Sander on Twitter @SKristel1 As Halloween, Bonfire Night and Diwali all pass and the Christmas countdown starts, admissions professionals usually begin to get a feeling for how the rest for the undergraduate cycle will pan out…