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  • The Great CAG Car Crash – What Went Wrong?

    12 August 2020 by Dennis Sherwood

    This blog is the latest in a series by Dennis Sherwood, who has been tracking the 2020 results round for HEPI. As a result of the public uproar following the ‘adjusting down’ of around 124,000 centre assessment grades (CAGs) – about one-quarter of all grades submitted – Scotland’s Education Secretary, John Swinney, has now binned ‘statistical standardisation”…

  • Why the answer to many questions this week will be 97%

    11 August 2020 by Nick Hillman

    How many people attend higher education has been a lively political issue for decades – the topic of many official white papers and green papers, ministerial and prime ministerial speeches as well as HEPI publications. In general, politicians in power have tended to support expansion – for example: in the…

  • A-Levels 2020: what students and parents need to know

    10 August 2020 by Rob Cuthbert

    This blog was kindly contributed by Rob Cuthbert, Emeritus Professor of Higher Education Management, University of the West of England. You can find Rob on Twitter @RobCuthbert. Tomorrow at 10am, HEPI will be hosting an ‘In Conversation’ session with Clare Marchant, Chief Executive of UCAS. Details here. As A-Level results…

  • Hong Kong University students’ online learning experiences under the Covid-19 pandemic

    3 August 2020 by Weiyan Xiong, Jin Jiang, & Ka Ho Mok

    This blog was kindly contributed by a team of researchers at Lingnan University, Hong Kong. They are Weiyan Xiong, Assistant Professor (Research), Jin Jiang, Assistant Professor (Research), and Ka Ho Mok, Chair Professor of Comparative Policy. Online Learning in the COVID-19 Pandemic Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, online…

  • PhDs and value: why we need to re-think the ‘leaky pipeline’

    30 July 2020 by Bethan Cornell

    This blog was written by Bethan Cornell, author of PhD Life: The UK student experience and PhD students and their careers. I have often been asked whether or not the ‘leaky pipeline’, which describes the large numbers of PhD students and early career researchers who leave academia, is really a…