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  • Is tomorrow’s university system already emerging?

    11 June 2021 by Ian Matthias and Mike Boxall

    This blog was kindly contributed by Ian Matthias, Partner and Mike Boxall, Higher Education Expert at PA Consulting. On Twitter you can find Mike @MikeBoxall1. These are incredibly challenging times for universities, both individually and as a national system. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, many providers were struggling with precarious…

  • Universities and Net Zero

    9 June 2021 by Nick Hillman

    This blog by HEPI Director, Nick Hillman, is an extract from the Campaign for Learning’s new report, out today, entitled ‘NET ZERO – Greening Industry, Jobs, Skills and Post-16 Education’. HEPI and Lloyds Bank hosted a webinar yesterday on ‘From COVID to COP26: What more could higher education institutions do to drive…

  • The school grading drama unfolds in five acts

    8 June 2021 by Dennis Sherwood

    This blog was kindly contributed by Dennis Sherwood who has been blogging for HEPI about A levels, exams and Ofqual for many years. You can find Dennis on Twitter @noookophile. Friday, 18 June 2021 is the deadline for teachers to submit this year’s school exam grades, so bringing the current…

  • Government and HE: The Price of Everything and the Value of Nothing

    7 June 2021 by Peter Mandler

    This blog is by Peter Mandler, who is Professor of Modern Cultural History at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, and the author of The Crisis of the Meritocracy:  Britain’s Transition to Mass Education since the Second World War (Oxford University Press). James Forsyth’s piece in the Times on Friday (‘Tories want to end the university…

  • Flexibility is key to thriving in an uncertain world

    4 June 2021 by Paul Woodgates

    This blog was contributed by Paul Woodgates who until recently was Head of Services to the higher education sector at PA Consulting and is now an independent commentator and adviser. Paul has written for HEPI before on the resilience of universities. As leadership guru Stephen Covey put it, ‘If there’s…

  • Regional Policy, ‘Levelling Up’ and R&D: a north of England perspective

    3 June 2021 by Annette Bramley & Peter O’Brien

    This blog was contributed by Dr Annette Bramley, Director, N8 Research Partnership and Dr Peter O’Brien, Executive Director, Yorkshire Universities. This blog is in response to the recent HEPI report on Regional Policy and R&D. You can find Annette and Peter on Twitter @AnnetteB_N8 and @obrienpeter72. We recently ran responses…

  • What is a graduate outcome?

    28 May 2021 by Tom Fryer

    This blog was contributed by Tom Fryer, a PhD researcher at University of Manchester. Tom has written for HEPI before about comprehensive universities. You can find Tom on Twitter @TomFryer4 There is a lot to like about Tuesday’s HEPI blog from Johnny Rich and Stella Fowler on the contribution of…