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  • Girls just want to learn languages?

    18 February 2020 by Megan Bowler

    This blog was kindly contributed by Megan Bowler, author of HEPI Report 123 ‘A Languages Crisis?’. Megan is in her third year at Oriel College, Oxford studying Classics. A recent report by the Education Policy Institute (EPI) and the British Council draws attention to the fact that there is a…

  • The employment of PhD graduates in the UK: what do we know?

    17 February 2020 by Sally Hancock

    This blog was kindly contributed by Dr Sally Hancock, Lecturer in Education at the University of York. This blog features some of her research supported by a Society for Higher Education Newer Researcher Award (reference: NR201609). The dataset was prepared for analysis by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). In…

  • What do the Labour leadership candidates think of higher education?

    16 February 2020

    The 2019 election result signalled a significant change in British politics. It brought about the end of the period of minority government, with the Conservatives winning the largest majority of any party since the early 2000s. The day the election result was announced, Jeremy Corbyn stated he would be standing…

  • The part-time undergraduate puzzle

    14 February 2020 by Adam Matthews

    This blog was kindly contributed by Adam Matthews, Postgraduate Researcher and Learning Designer at the University of Birmingham. Popular culture has painted and represented the part-time university graduate as successful in various fields. The institutions offering these opportunities have all been heralded as success stories and sites of opportunity and…

  • Learning languages in isolation: A hindrance?

    12 February 2020 by Megan Bowler

    This blog was kindly contributed by Megan Bowler, author of HEPI Report 123 ‘A Languages Crisis’. Megan is in her third year at Oriel College, Oxford studying Classics. John Claughton offers invaluable reflections on languages declines in his recent HEPI blog, drawing on his experience of teaching languages in schools.…

  • Review of David Willetts’s updated ‘The Pinch’

    10 February 2020 by Edward Maxfield

    This book review was kindly contributed by Dr Edward Maxfield, CEO of a small charity, a Liberal Democrat councillor and co-author of 101 Ways to Win an Election. He has a lifetime interest in education policy and worked as a lobbyist for Universities UK from 2009 to 2011. It seems…

  • Big tech: what is in it for me?

    7 February 2020 by Lucy Haire and Tony Nneke

    This blog was kindly contributed by Lucy Haire, Oracle Higher Education, with contributions from Tony Nneke, Oracle Cultural Harmony Network Chair. As I visit university after university, many lament the gap between the quality of the technology they use as a consumer or researcher, and the systems that are used…

  • Disenfranchising the student vote and other absurd ideas

    5 February 2020 by Dean Machin

    This blog was kindly contributed by Dean Machin, Strategic Policy Adviser at the University of Portsmouth. As the Conservative Party turns to reflect on its problem with the student vote, and notes that university cities are increasingly non-blue, there is the risk of some very silly suggestions. In a largely…