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  • Making big decisions in an information vacuum

    10 June 2020 by Paul Humphreys

    This guest blog has been kindly written for us by Paul Humphreys, Founder and CEO at StudentCrowd and a Member of the Higher Education Commission. HEPI readers will be painfully aware of the myriad of issues facing university decision makers that require their immediate attention. Whether it’s implementing their safety…

  • Students: What are the polls saying about the next academic year?

    9 June 2020

    The latest polling of students arrives this morning from Unite Students. A rapid survey of 1,000 people, students and parents, undertaken last month, it tells us some interesting things about what people expect in the midst of the pandemic. Overall, the results are positive for the higher education sector. The…

  • A call to action on widening participation in the era of Covid-19

    8 June 2020 by David Woolley & Anand Shukla

    This blog was kindly contributed by David Woolley, Director of Student and Community Engagement at Nottingham Trent University & Anand Shukla, the outgoing Chief Executive of Brightside, a social mobility charity. Gains in recent years in access and participation risk being swept away by Covid-19. A clear-headed response on where…

  • WEEKEND READING: Giving students confidence to reduce 2020 recruitment risks

    6 June 2020 by Mark Corver

    This blog was kindly contributed by Dr Mark Corver, Founder of dataHE. Preview: Moving now with a bold offer of a free postgraduate year, plus underwriting accommodation risks, for students would build confidence and could save the sector billions against the alternatives. Customers and suppliers do not always see things…

  • Lessons from business: three things universities can learn about mergers from the private sector

    5 June 2020 by Nigel Driffield, Diana Beech & Koen Heimeriks

    This blog was kindly contributed by a trio from the University of Warwick: Professor Nigel Driffield, Professor of International Business at Warwick Business School and Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor for Regional Engagement, Dr Diana Beech , Head of Government Affairs and former Policy Advisor to the last three UK Universities and…

  • Watch those summer courses closely…

    4 June 2020 by Gavin Dodsworth

    This blog was kindly contributed by Gavin Dodsworth, Director of the University Language Centre at the University of Manchester. Gavin is writing in a personal capacity. As UK universities scenario-plan, best-case / worst-case worry and fast-track five-year online plans into a quick three months, there is one part of the…

  • How can we assure quality in online higher education?

    3 June 2020 by David LeFevre

    This blog was kindly contributed by Dr David LeFevre, Director of the EdTech Lab at Imperial College and the founder of higher education platform company Insendi, part of Study Group. Last month a subtle warning shot was shot across the bows of universities still struggling to manage the disruption caused…

  • Widening participation: advocacy is as great a challenge as delivery

    2 June 2020 by Graeme Atherton

    This blog has been kindly contributed by Dr Graeme Atherton, Director of the National Education Opportunities Network (NEON). With the exception of those working on international student recruitment, no professional community in higher education was left scratching their head by the challenges of Covid-19 more than those in widening access…

  • No test is better than a bad test

    1 June 2020 by Dennis Sherwood

    This blog was kindly contributed by Dennis Sherwood. Dennis has previously written on this years’ school exams and Ofqual, among other topics. I write this having just read an article in The Guardian about the condemnation by doctors for the ‘shroud of secrecy’ thrown by ministers and Public Health England…

  • WEEKEND READING: Enough with the one-dimensional employability discourse

    30 May 2020 by Audrey Songhurst

    This piece was kindly contributed by Dr Audrey Songhurst, former Head of Operations in Kent Innovation and Enterprise, University of Kent. Audrey was awarded a Doctorate in Education from Canterbury Christ Church University and her thesis was entitled ‘Employability through a philosophical lens – a conceptual analysis’. One of the…