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  • WEEKEND READING: Enough with the one-dimensional employability discourse

    30 May 2020 by Audrey Songhurst

    This piece was kindly contributed by Dr Audrey Songhurst, former Head of Operations in Kent Innovation and Enterprise, University of Kent. Audrey was awarded a Doctorate in Education from Canterbury Christ Church University and her thesis was entitled ‘Employability through a philosophical lens – a conceptual analysis’. One of the…

  • In the wake of a global pandemic, will students look closer to home?

    29 May 2020 by Richard O'Kelly & Carys Fisher

    This blog was kindly contributed by Richard O’Kelly, Head of Analytical Data, UCAS and Carys Fisher, Senior Policy Executive, UCAS. ‘Going away to university’ is engrained in our culture The UK’s student population is not constrained to studying at a local university, as is typically the case in the rest…

  • Pitching in, not just bailing out – by Margot James of the Warwick Manufacturing Group

    27 May 2020 by Margot James

    This blog was kindly contributed by Margot James, Executive Chair of Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) at the University of Warwick. She previously served as Minister of State for Digital and Creative Industries and as Minister for Small Business. I joined Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) at the University of Warwick as…

  • Are we on the cusp of a wave of university mergers?

    26 May 2020

    There is huge interest at the moment in whether higher education institutions will be more likely to merge with one another as a result of the financial pressures caused by the pandemic. The Universities UK list of asks to the Government included the important suggestion of ‘A transformation fund to support…

  • Why UK universities must win a better funding settlement

    25 May 2020 by Lucian J Hudson

    This blog was written by Lucian J. Hudson, Lead Author, Universities at the Crossroads, and past Director of Communications, University of Oxford and The Open University. In my report for Policy Exchange published in February before Coronavirus moved centre stage, I warned that the higher education sector was not yet…

  • WEEKEND READING: Leading and Containing in Higher Education during Covid-19

    23 May 2020 by Charlotte Williams

    This piece was kindly contributed by Charlotte Williams, a qualified organisational consultant, counsellor, trainer and clinical supervisor at Tavistock Consulting. Charlotte has over 17 years of experience in higher education and was previously head of a London University Counselling Service and has a particular interest in staff and organisational wellbeing.…

  • Clap for our student healthcare workers

    21 May 2020 by Rachel Hewitt

    Coronavirus has impacted our lives in a multitude of ways, including bringing fears for students about the labour market they are going to enter. In a recent HEPI Policy Note, published in partnership with JobTeaser, we asked students whether the pandemic had changed their feelings about entering the workforce. For the majority…

  • The wider student experience and supporting community in lockdown

    20 May 2020 by Bethan Cornell

    In this blog, Bethan Cornell, a Physics PhD Student at King’s College London who is undertaking an internship at HEPI, explores some of the best practice by universities in continuing to deliver the wider student experience under lockdown. Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, institutions have rapidly moved away…