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  • Context, Academic Freedom and the Ethics of Internationalisation

    23 April 2021 by Catherine Owen

    Following yesterday’s debate on China in the House of Commons, we are running a blog on academic freedom that has been kindly written for HEPI by Dr Catherine Owen, Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Exeter. You can find Catherine on Twitter @CatOwenExeter. In the UK, it…

  • Mark Corver: Predicted grades and university admissions

    22 April 2021 by Mark Corver

    We have been running a selection of chapters from HEPI’s recent collection of essays Where next for university admissions? , which was edited and introduced by Rachel Hewitt, HEPI’s Director of Policy and Advocacy. Yesterday we shared the chapter by Rebecca Gaukroger, Director of Student Recruitment and Admissions at the University…

  • What next for admissions in Scotland?

    21 April 2021 by Rebecca Gaukroger

    We have been running a selection of chapters from HEPI’s recent collection of essays Where next for university admissions? , which was edited and introduced by Rachel Hewitt, HEPI’s Director of Policy and Advocacy. On Friday we shared the chapter by Mary Curnock Cook, non-executive director across the education sector and…

  • Q: What is the worst research among students in recent times?

    20 April 2021 by Nick Hillman

    Today marks the tenth anniversary of the silliest higher education story I can recall. Back in spring 2011, £9,000 tuition fees were on the horizon in England but had yet to begin. So the insurance company LV= published one of those slightly dodgy polls that seems to have been designed…

  • The true potential of a national student survey

    19 April 2021 by Johnny Rich

    This blog was kindly contributed by Johnny Rich, Chief Executive of the Engineering Professors’ Council, Chief Executive of outreach organisation Push and a consultant on higher education. He is writing in a personal capacity. You can find Johnny on Twitter @JohnnySRich or reach him via his website at www.johnnyrich.com. Last…

  • Degree classification, grade inflation and COVID: lessons from 2019–20

    16 April 2021 by Chris Hale

    This blog was kindly contributed by Chris Hale, Director of Policy, Universities UK. You can find Chris and UUK on Twitter @chrishaleuk and @UniversitiesUK. There was a particularly bright spotlight on universities last year as the pandemic forced them to make fast changes to their policies and transition to online…

  • A policy of conscious underfunding

    15 April 2021 by Diana Beech

    This blog has been kindly contributed by Dr Diana Beech, Chief Executive Officer of London Higher – the umbrella body for over 40 universities and higher education colleges across London. You can find Diana on Twitter @dianajbeech. Should the Government proceed with plans to cut the London Weighting element of…

  • Prime Minister: University students are not second-class citizens – by Graham Galbraith, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Portsmouth

    13 April 2021 by Graham Galbraith

    This blog responding to the Government’s Statement on students’ return to university campuses was kindly contributed by Professor Graham Galbraith, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Portsmouth. The Government has rightly committed to prioritising education through the pandemic. So with schools and further education colleges resuming in-person teaching on 8 March,…