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  • Reflections ten years on from the last PQA review

    9 April 2021 by Mary Curnock Cook

    This week, we are running a selection of chapters from HEPI’s recent collection of essays ‘Where next for university admissions?‘ edited and introduced by Rachel Hewitt, HEPI’s Director of Policy and Advocacy. Yesterday we shared the chapter by Dr Graeme Atherton, Director, National Education Opportunities Network (NEON), ‘How could admissions reform…

  • How could admissions reform work in practice?

    8 April 2021 by Graeme Atherton

    This week, we are running a selection of chapters from HEPI’s recent collection of essays Where next for university admissions?‘ edited and introduced by Rachel Hewitt, HEPI’s Director of Policy and Advocacy. Yesterday we shared the chapter by Dr John Cater, Vice-Chancellor at Edge Hill University ‘Post qualification admissions: Should…

  • Post qualification admissions: Should we be careful what we wish for?

    7 April 2021 by John Cater

    Over the next few days, we will be running a selection of chapters from HEPI’s recent collection of essays ‘Where next for university admissions?‘ edited and introduced by Rachel Hewitt, HEPI’s Director of Policy and Advocacy. This blog is the first in the series and is the chapter written by…

  • The USS Trustee’s governance crisis

    6 April 2021 by Neil Davies

    This blog was kindly contributed by Dr Neil Davies, Senior Research Fellow at the Bristol Medical School, University of Bristol. You can find Neil on Twitter @nm_davies. Since 2014, the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) has lurched from crisis to crisis. Member satisfaction with the scheme has collapsed from 68% in…

  • ‘Higher education in Medialand’

    31 March 2021 by Nick Hillman

    Today’s blog is based on the remarks of HEPI Director, Nick Hillman, to the 200th seminar by the Centre for Global Higher Education. It is fantastic to see the Centre for Global Higher Education going from strength to strength. I often log in to your events, including the recent one on China, and…

  • How can we ensure quality agent-based international student recruitment?

    30 March 2021 by Bobby Mehta

    This blog was kindly contributed by Bobby Mehta, Chair, BUILA, Director of UoP Global, University of Portsmouth. You can find Bobby on Twitter @bmehtaUK. The importance of education agents in the recruitment of international students cannot be overstated. They are used by an estimated 88% of higher education institutions (HEIs)…

  • To protect academic freedom from external ‘threats’, we must reverse the decline of academic participation in governance

    29 March 2021 by John Heathershaw

    This blog is an edited transcript of a speech delivered by Professor John Heathershaw, University of Exeter to the University of Buckingham’s Conference on Academic Freedom in March. You can find John on Twitter @HeathershawJ and the working group @AcFreeWorldUK. How does the internationalisation of higher education affect academic freedom?…

  • Five questions on the minds of senior leaders after UCAS’s January deadline

    26 March 2021 by Sander Kristel

    This blog was kindly contributed by Sander Kristel, Chief Operations Officer, UCAS. You can find Sander on Twitter @SKristel1. The 2020 higher education entry cycle was marred with challenges but, despite these, the outcomes surprised many. We saw a record number of students placed, improvements in widening access and great…

  • Blaming decolonisation for limiting free speech is a red herring

    25 March 2021 by Sylvie Lomer, Parise Carmichael-Murphy & Jenna Mittelmeier

    This blog was kindly contributed by Dr Sylvie Lomer, Parise Carmichael-Murphy and Dr Jenna Mittelmeier from the University of Manchester in response to a blog posted on Decolonisation by Professor Doug Stokes, University of Exeter, which you can read here. You can find Sylvie, Parise and Jenna on twitter @SE_Lomer,…

  • Evaluation in a time of crisis

    24 March 2021 by Rae Tooth & Richard Shiner

    This blog was kindly contributed by Rae Tooth, Chief Executive at Villiers Park Educational Trust and Richard Shiner, Head of Access and Participation Evaluation at the Office for Students. You can find Rae and Richard on Twitter @raetooth @villierspark and @richard_shiner @officestudents. Our respective journeys through the higher education access…