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  • Lecture from America

    17 January 2019 by Peter Ainsworth

    A guest blog kindly contributed by Peter Ainsworth, Managing Director of Equimatrix, and author of Universities Challenged: Funding Higher Education through a Free-Market ‘Graduate Tax’ published by the Institute of Economic Affairs. 2019 appears set to be a defining year for the Higher Education sector. After years of plenty following…

  • 1 school exam grade in 4 is wrong. Does this matter?

    15 January 2019 by Dennis Sherwood

    A guest blog kindly contributed by Dennis Sherwood, who runs the Silver Bullet Machine consultancy. Last August, 811,776 A level and 5,470,076 GCSE grades were awarded to candidates in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. What happened next was sometimes jubilation (“B in history! Fantastic! I’m in!”); sometimes despair (a 3 in GCSE maths can close many doors).…

  • Book review: Social Mobility And Its Enemies

    9 January 2019 by Anand Shukla

    This book review has been kindly written for HEPI by Anand Shukla, Chief Executive of the online mentoring charity Brightside The importance of social mobility is a rare area of policy consensus between the main UK political parties. Given the decline of intergenerational social mobility in the last 50 years, it…

  • HEPI Blog on Onward report – A Question of Degree

    8 January 2019 by Jonathan Woodhead

    A guest blog kindly contributed by  Jonathan Woodhead, Policy Adviser at Birkbeck, University of London The launch of Onward’s contribution to the higher education debate today with their report A Question of Degree is certainly an interesting one. While I personally look forward to reading more of Onward’s work in…

  • Three cheers for Michael Gove: if he can make Agriculture a STEM subject?

    7 January 2019 by Jo Price

    A guest blog kindly contributed by Professor Jo Price, Vice-Chancellor at the Royal Agricultural University.  During his session at the annual Oxford Farming Conference (OFC) on January 2nd 2019, Michael Gove mentioned that Agriculture should be considered as a STEM subject. This will be music to the ears of anyone…

  • Our most controversial, popular and radical reports of 2018

    3 January 2019

    HEPI had its busiest ever year in 2018 with, for example, a record number of hits on this website – double the number we received just a couple of years ago. So it seems a good moment to take stock of some of our output over the past year. The…

  • Commuter Students Case Study #5 Lancaster University

    1 January 2019 by Giles Carden

    This blog is written by Giles Carden, Chief of Staff and Director of Strategic Projects, Lancaster University. It originally appeared as a case study in HEPI’s report Homeward Bound: Defining, understanding and aiding ‘commuter students’ by David Maguire and David Morris. Lancaster University has embodied the principles of the ‘sticky campus’ and…

  • Commuter Students Case Study #4: London Higher

    31 December 2018 by Paresh Shah

    This blog is written by Paresh Shah, Research Manager, London Higher. It originally appeared as a case study in HEPI’s report Homeward Bound: Defining, understanding and aiding ‘commuter students’ by David Maguire and David Morris. During 2016/17, nearly 93,000 full-time first degree UK students were domiciled in London and remained in…