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  • The DUP in power: What it means for UK universities

    12 June 2017 by Diana Beech

    Since the nation woke up on Friday morning to the news of a hung parliament, one party from Northern Ireland has found itself thrust into the limelight as the key to sustaining another Conservative term in office. The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) – Northern Ireland’s largest political party, representing a…

  • A new Minister’s first day in office, Monday 12 June 2017

    8 June 2017

    A few days ago, we imagined how the first conversation between a new Universities Minister, should there be one after the election, and his most senior official might go. Here, Dr Dean Machin, Strategic Policy Adviser at the University of Portsmouth, imagines the same conversation taking a rather different course. Minister: So what is our most…

  • Spotlight on HE policy: Sarah Olney (Liberal Democrats)

    6 June 2017 by Sarah Olney

    With just one week to go until the General Election, HEPI is asking the political parties for their views on higher education issues. We are asking the same 5 questions to all parties. In this post, Sarah Olney, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Richmond Park, has given her views in…

  • What should be the first decision of a new Universities Minister?

    6 June 2017 by Nick Hillman

    Now that we are in the week of the general election, we could be just days away from a new Universities and Science Minister – the third in three years. Either the Conservatives lose the election, in which place a new Minister is guaranteed, or they win, in which case…

  • Why we need strong and stable: rewarding female loyalty in universities

    5 June 2017 by Diana Beech

    On 8th June, the UK will head to the polls again, bringing an end to a General Election campaign that has been characterised by sharp slogans. ‘Strong and stable’ has become the mantra of Theresa May and we are now waiting to see if the nation will reward her with…

  • Election spotlight on HE policy: Scottish National Party (SNP)

    2 June 2017 by Carol Monaghan - SNP candidate for Glasgow North West

    With just one week to go until the General Election, HEPI is asking the political parties for their views on higher education issues. We are asking the same 5 questions to all parties. The third post in our series comes from the Scottish National Party (SNP). These answers were kindly provided…

  • Election spotlight on HE policy: Liberal Democrats

    2 June 2017 by Liberal Democrats

    With just one week to go until the General Election, HEPI is asking the political parties for their views on higher education issues. We are asking the same 5 questions to all parties. The second post in our series comes from the Liberal Democrats. How do you think undergraduate study…

  • Election spotlight on HE policy: Plaid Cymru

    2 June 2017 by Plaid Cymru

    With just one week to go until the General Election, HEPI is asking the political parties for their views on higher education issues. We are asking the same 5 questions to all parties. First up – Plaid Cymru, who deserve praise for being the first party to send their responses…

  • **Why you shouldn’t miss the HEPI Annual Conference 2017**

    26 May 2017 by Diana Beech

    On 7 June, HEPI will host its 2017 Annual Conference at Regent’s University London. The conference will provide a timely opportunity for senior leaders and policymakers from across the sector to come together to reflect on what it takes to create a university for students. But why is that important?…

  • What, exactly, do the manifestos say on higher ed?

    26 May 2017

    As political campaigning resumes after the horrific attack in Manchester, HEPI is focusing on what the manifestos of the three biggest UK-wide political parties have to say on higher education. The main announcements are shown in the table below. Three things stand out: A real choice is being offered. On issues…