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  • The university has become an anxiety machine

    23 May 2019 by Liz Morrish

    A guest blog kindly contributed by Dr Liz Morrish, author of  today’s new HEPI Occasional Paper 20: Pressure Vessels: The epidemic of poor mental health among higher education staff. There has recently been a significant amount of media concern surrounding the poor mental health of academics. In February 2018, Paul…

  • The Conservatoire Crisis: suggestions from Oxbridge

    22 May 2019 by Scott Caizley

    A guest blog kindly contributed by Scott Caizley, who is a PhD researcher at Kings College London looking at the experiences of low-income state school pupils at elite UK music conservatoires. Access and participation amongst state schooled students in UK conservatoires throughout the past years have remained at an all-time…

  • Book Review: ‘The State of Independence. Key Challenges Facing Private Schools Today.’

    16 May 2019 by Francis Green

    This book review has been kindly contributed by Francis Green, Professor of Work and Education Economics at UCL Institute of Education, and co-author, with historian David Kynaston, of ‘Engines of Privilege. Britain’s Private School Problem’, (Bloomsbury 2019). Private school leaders and sector authorities are sometimes more informative and thought-provoking when…

  • A moving target: the challenges of identifying and helping homeless university students.

    13 May 2019 by Patrick Mulrenan

    A guest blog from Patrick Mulrenan, the course leader for the BSc Community Development and Leadership at London Metropolitan University. One of the challenges of policy making is that issues are sometimes defined in stereotypes. This is particularly true of university education. Television programmes such as Fresh Meat have portrayed…

  • Mind your headlines

    12 May 2019 by Chris Ramsey

    This guest blog responding to yesterday’s media stories about independent schools and university entry has been kindly contributed by Chris Ramsey, Headmaster of Whitgift School, and spokesperson on universities for the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC). Journalists’ headlines are fair game of course, and always have been, but sometimes you wince a bit more than usual, and reading…

  • 10th May 2019: A landmark date in human history

    11 May 2019 by Dennis Sherwood

    A guest blog kindly contributed by Dennis Sherwood, founder of Silver Bullet Machine.  When the history of the world is written in 1,000 years’ time, Friday 10th May 2019 will be identified as a landmark date. For it was an event that happened on that day that enabled that history to…

  • Supporting students leaving care

    10 May 2019 by Steven Spier

    This is a guest blog contributed by Professor Steven Spier, Vice-Chancellor at Kingston University. Helping people achieve their aspirations and unlock their potential are surely two of the key missions of higher education. And while it should not be necessary to add to that mission, regardless of one’s background, the…