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  • Brexit and Horizon Europe – What is the price of uncertainty for the UK?

    5 January 2021 by Marco Cavallaro

    This blog was kindly contributed by Marco Cavallaro, a Doctoral Student at the University of Lugano in Switzerland. The EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement clears the way towards UK post-Brexit access to Horizon Europe, the 9th EU research programme. Although the terms of association still need to be agreed upon, the Agreement…

  • UK recovery needs Computer Science graduates who are competent and ethical

    4 January 2021 by Bill Mitchell

    After a short break for Christmas and the new year, the HEPI daily blog starts up again today with a piece by Dr Bill Mitchell OBE, Director of Policy at BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT. Bill is on Twitter @batteredbluebox. Later this week, we will run pieces on the…

  • TOP OF THE BLOGS 2020: What a year!

    23 December 2020 by Michael Natzler

    Phew. Time to take a breather. 2020 has been a rollercoaster and this blog marks our last of the year. In January, perhaps we were tempting fate when we answered ‘How accurate were predictions for higher education in 2020?’ Little did we know that the Valentine’s Day reshuffle (bringing in…

  • Anti-racism enactment… or performance?

    22 December 2020 by Kirstie-Anne Woodman

    This blog was kindly contributed by Kirstie-Anne Woodman, a recent International Relations graduate from the University of Birmingham. Kirstie-Anne is currently interning at a diversity and inclusion consultancy agency, Worth of Mouth Services. You can find Kirstie-Anne on LinkedIn. It took me a long time to find a dissertation topic…

  • Why Uni Connect matters, especially in cities like London

    21 December 2020 by Diana Beech, Richard Boffey & Graeme Atherton

    his guest blog has been kindly written for us by Dr Diana Beech, Chief Executive of London Higher, Dr Richard Boffey, Deputy Head of AccessHE, and Dr Graeme Atherton, Head of AccessHE. AccessHE is part of the London Higher group representing universities and higher education colleges across the capital. You…

  • Did UK higher education institutions export more to China in 2019 than any other sector?

    18 December 2020 by David Law

    This blog was kindly contributed by Professor David Law, Academic Director: Global Partnerships, Keele University. How valuable are higher education exports to China? James Pitman, the Managing Director of Study Group, asked in a blog published by HEPI in March 2017, ‘Why does the Office for National Statistics (ONS) fail…

  • Understanding Online Distance Learning in the UK

    17 December 2020 by Aimee Kleinman & Tim Landucci

    This blog was kindly contributed by Aimee Kleinman and Tim Landucci, Education Marketing Consultants at SMRS. SMRS is a marketing agency that works with universities on strategic marketing and consultancy. Previously Aimee worked in strategic marketing roles at UCL, King’s College London and Middlesex universities. Tim previously worked in similar…

  • The UK’s first Professor of Social Mobility, Lee Elliot Major, considers the policy consequences of the new higher education admissions data

    16 December 2020 by Lee Elliot Major

    Lee Elliot Major is Professor of Social Mobility at the University of Exeter and former CEO of the Sutton Trust. Like all statistics, university admissions data are wonderfully manipulative things. Today’s UCAS figures might lead you to conclude that universities’ social mobility efforts require just a little nudge to vanquish inequality…

  • Re-MEM-ber, UCAS End of Cycle reporting isn’t just for Christmas…

    16 December 2020 by Clare Marchant

    This blog was kindly contributed by Clare Marchant, Chief Executive, UCAS. The onset of the festive season each year signals the start of UCAS’ End of Cycle reporting as we aim to provide the sector with relevant and accessible analysis that looks back at the undergraduate recruitment year, while also…

  • Uni Connect consultation: routes to success

    15 December 2020 by Jenny Ann Allen & Kirsty Johnson

    This blog was kindly contributed by Jenny Ann Allen, Access and Participation Funding Manager, and Kirsty Johnson, Access and Participation Manager, at the Office for Students (OfS). A new Office for Students consultation proposes a more targeted approach to higher education collaborative outreach with a greater focus on further education…