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The HEPI Blog aims to make brief, incisive contributions to the higher education policy landscape. It is circulated to our subscribers and published online. We welcome guest submissions, which should follow our Instructions for Blog Authors. Submissions should be sent to our Blog Editor, Josh Freeman, at [email protected].

  • What do the ‘Young People’s Party’ promise students?

    14 March 2015 by Nick Hillman

    We are keeping a roving eye on the higher education policies of the smaller political parties as the 2015 general election approaches. We have already covered what Ukip is promising on this blog and the Green Party’s higher education policies have been usefully covered in some detail by Wonkhe. One very small party…

  • How to get students registered to vote – and why it matters by Paul Blomfield MP

    11 March 2015

    Hepi is delighted to host this guest blog by the (Labour) MP for Sheffield Central – the constituency that has the highest proportion of students and one of the smallest majorities (165) in the House of Commons. Paul Blomfield is Chair of All-Party Parliamentary Group on Students, Secretary of the All-Party…

  • Tomorrow is International Women’s Day: how do women fare in HE leadership?

    7 March 2015 by Nick Hillman

    Women are woefully under-represented in UK national life, including in the leadership of our higher education institutions. For example, while there are some outstanding female Vice-Chancellors, they remain the exception rather than the norm. Arguably, the imbalance starts at the very top as the last few people with responsibility for…

  • Quantity doesn’t mean quality: UEA sabbatical officer responds to Professor Acton

    27 February 2015 by Connor Rand

    Our recent collection of essays on where higher education institutions spend their fees and how their strategies have changed since £9,000 fees came in included a chapter by Professor Edward Acton, the former Vice-Chancellor of the University of East Anglia. We are delighted to publish this response, in the form of…

  • A Vice-Chancellor’s election manifesto

    20 February 2015

    The higher education mission groups and representative bodies are in the process of making recommendations for the next Government but each Vice-Chancellor does not typically produce their own manifesto. So HEPI is particularly pleased to host this guest blog by Professor Quintin McKellar, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Hertfordshire, in the form of his personal…

  • Tomorrow is University Mental Health Day

    17 February 2015 by Nick HIllman

    Tomorrow – Wednesday, 18th February 2015 – is University Mental Health Day. The 2014 HEPI / HEA Student Academic Experience Survey suggested that, on average, students’ wellbeing may be lower than that for the population as a whole. Last week, the excellent new Student Mental Wellbeing in Higher Education: Good Practice Guide…

  • David Watson

    9 February 2015

    Along with many other people in higher education, we are today mourning the sad loss of Professor Sir David Watson, a prolific author and commentator on higher education, who was the first Vice-Chancellor of the University of Brighton and, more recently, Principal of Green Templeton College, Oxford. Hepi is honoured to have been able…

  • Supporting informed choice in higher education

    30 January 2015

    Louisa Darian from Which?, who partnered with HEPI on the 2013 Academic Experience Survey, writes exclusively for HEPI on how to support people in the midst of choosing what and where to study. We are grateful to Louisa for this guest blog. Next month the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is due…

  • What happened in Australia when they went for different fees for different subjects?

    26 January 2015 by Nick Hillman

    Last week, we featured six questions that need to be addressed by those joining the chorus calling for lower tuition fees for STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) students in England. Differential fees by discipline would be novel for the UK, but (as we explained in a 2014 pamphlet) they have existed for a long…