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  • What are taxi drivers and hotel receptionists saying about access to higher education?

    7 October 2022 by Lucy Haire

    HEPI’s Director of Partnerships, Lucy Haire, reflects on party conference season. Tariq (not his real name), the Warrington taxi driver who drove me the final 20 miles of my journey blighted by multiple train cancellations from London to the recent Labour Party Conference in Liverpool, asked what brought me northwards.…

  • Empowering technicians: our journey

    5 October 2022 by Sam Kingman

    Midlands Innovation is a strategic research partnership of eight research intensive universities in the Midlands. Funding was awarded by Research England in 2020 for ‘TALENT’ – a transformation programme to advance status and opportunity for technical skills, roles and careers. The TALENT Commission report was published in 2022. Professor Sam Kingman, Pro-Vice Chancellor…

  • How did COVID-19 impact staff in UK higher education?

    4 October 2022 by Rasha Kassem

    This blog was kindly contributed by Dr Rasha Kassem, research project team lead for ‘Impact of COVID-19 on Staff in UK Higher Education – A Comparative Analysis across the Four UK Nations’ at the Open University. The consequences of the pandemic have been immense and felt across society, industries, and organisations; however, little…

  • Entrepreneurship as a driver of civic value in universities

    29 September 2022 by Kevin Kerrigan

    This blog was kindly contributed by Professor Kevin Kerrigan, Pro Vice-Chancellor Business and Enterprise, Sheffield Hallam University. It is the second in our series of blogs on leadership in partnership with the National Centre for Entrepreneurship in Education (NCEE). We live in interesting times  While the terror of the ‘demographic dip’ may have…

  • ‘Just a technician?’ Not any more! Why it’s a great time to be a technician in higher education and research

    28 September 2022 by Jiteen Ahmed

    Midlands Innovation is a strategic research partnership of eight research intensive universities in the Midlands. Funding was awarded by Research England in 2020 for ‘TALENT’ – a transformation programme to advance status and opportunity for technical skills, roles and careers. The TALENT Commission report was published in 2022. Jiteen Ahmed, Head of Technical…

  • Completing the jigsaw: the key role of smaller and specialist universities in local, national and international economies

    27 September 2022 by Anthony McClaran

    This blog was kindly contributed by Anthony McClaran, GuildHE Chair and Vice-Chancellor of St Mary’s University, Twickenham. Small and specialist universities have long been anchors within their communities and specific sectors in the economy. Frequently located in smaller towns, on the edge of cities, or in rural or coastal locations,…