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  • Where will the teachers come from? By Pam Tatlow

    6 January 2023 by Pam Tatlow

    This week, the Prime Minister Rishi Sunak promised to make Maths compulsory to the age of 18, which would need a lot of extra Maths teachers… Here, writing in a personal capacity, Pam Tatlow looks at the current state of teacher training in England. Pam is on Twitter @Pam_Tatlow. The…

  • Working together to maximise the sector’s impact: What we need from Government in 2023 – By Sarah Stevens of the Russell Group

    4 January 2023 by Sarah Stevens

    This blog was kindly contributed by Sarah Stevens, Director of Policy at the Russell Group (@RussellGroup).  Many would say that the UK higher education system dodged a bullet at the recent Autumn Statement, with the deferral of significant fiscal restraint until after the next election meaning no immediate shift to austerity-style…

  • Was 2022 a bumper year for books about education?

    3 January 2023 by Nick Hillman

    It has sometimes felt like the past year has seen a torrent of valuable books on education, including higher education, even if there has not always been the time to read and digest them properly – there are good reasons why HEPI papers are designed to be read in one…

  • What were people reading about higher education in 2022?

    30 December 2022 by Nick Hillman

    Below is our annual round up of the most popular HEPI blogs from the past year. She may only blog for us occasionally, but HEPI Trustee Mary Curnock Cook bags the top spot – and not for the first time. She got to number 16 in 2021, reached number 9…

  • Hello … Are you there? Or have you gone home for Christmas?

    23 December 2022 by The Unite Foundation and Paige Mackenzie

    This blog was kindly contributed by The Unite Foundation and Paige Mackenzie. This year’s John Lewis Christmas advert highlighted different notions of family and belonging at this time of year. As you may know, many care experienced and estranged students will be staying at university over the holidays, either in…

  • Five Ideas for Careers Services (AKA Universities and Colleges)

    22 December 2022 by Lucy Haire

    This blog was kindly contributed by Lucy Haire, Director of Partnerships at HEPI. On the eve of the publication of the HEPI Policy Note with Handshake, How can you help me? Students’ perspectives on careers services and employment, a group of university careers service and mission group leaders, an Office for Students…

  • Living Black at University Blog Series: the end of term

    22 December 2022 by Dorothy Chirwa

    The latest in this blog series on Living Black at University was kindly contributed by Dorothy Chirwa. Dorothy is the former President of Newcastle University Students’ Union and a recent Masters graduate from the University of Oxford. As the term comes to a close and the dust settles I know that there are a bunch of students probably…

  • Campaigning for Representation: Showmen in education

    21 December 2022 by Colleen Roper

    This blog was kindly contributed by Colleen Roper, co-founder of Future4Fairgrounds. My name is Colleen Roper, and I am part of an organisation called Future4Fairgrounds. We are a group of six Showmen, all women, who came together in September 2020 to provide a platform for the concerns of our community.…