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  • Universities’ role in meeting Sustainable Development Goals during a crisis

    10 August 2021 by Stephanie Marshall

    By Professor Stephanie Marshall, Vice-Principal (Education) at Queen Mary University of London. Stephanie’s Twitter is @SmarshallYork. In March 2020, we saw the start of perhaps the biggest global crisis of the twenty-first century: the COVID-19 pandemic. Naturally, governments and businesses in every corner of the world turned their attention to…

  • Why highly selective universities need to demystify admissions for student applicants

    9 August 2021 by Lee Elliot Major & Kieran Tompkins

    This blog was kindly contributed by Lee Elliot Major and Kieran Tompkins. Lee is Professor of Social Mobility at the University of Exeter and Kieran is a 2021 Business and Management graduate at the University of Exeter. You can find Lee on Twitter @Lem_Exeter. For the pandemic generation of A-level…

  • Can Ofqual Recover?

    8 August 2021 by Jeremy Yallop

    This blog was kindly contributed by Jeremy Yallop who is a trustee of the Home Educators’ Qualifications Association. Ofqual is England’s exams regulator, established in 2010 as an independent body to increase public confidence in standards. For a decade, it worked effectively to keep grade inflation at bay. Then, in…

  • Listening to higher education communities about mental health

    6 August 2021 by Nicola Frampton

    This blog was kindly contributed by Nicola Frampton, Insight Manager at Student Minds. You can follow Nicola on Twitter @nicola_frampton and Student Minds @StudentMindsOrg. Over the last 18 months, higher education communities have faced the wide-reaching challenges and impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, which resulted in the shift to online…

  • Who said disability wasn’t sexy?

    4 August 2021 by Tom Shakespeare

    This blog was kindly contributed by Tom Shakespeare, Professor of Disability Research at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Tom is writing on the back of two recent HEPI reports on students’ experiences of sex, sexual health and relationships in higher education. Tom’s Twitter is @TommyShakes. I first…

  • Valuing creative skills as drivers of the future economy

    2 August 2021 by Anne Carlisle

    This blog was kindly contributed by Professor Anne Carlisle OBE, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive, Falmouth University. Last week, the Creative Industries Federation published a new report, The UK Creative Industries: unleashing the power and potential of creativity, showcasing and celebrating the economic impact and global reach of the UK’sCreative Industries.…

  • The Government cannot afford to get it wrong on universities’ role in ‘Build Back Better’, ‘Levelling-up’ and making the UK a ‘Science Superpower’

    30 July 2021 by Giles Carden

    This blog was kindly contributed by Dr Giles Carden, Chief of Staff at Lancaster University.   In recent months much ink has been spilled speculating on what shape and form the Government’s consultation on English tertiary education funding will take. The consultation is now expected to be published in line…

  • Are A-levels fair? What students and parents need to know

    29 July 2021 by Rob Cuthbert

    Rob Cuthbert is Emeritus Professor of Higher Education Management at the University of the West of England and Managing Partner of the Practical Academics consultancy. He wrote the 2020 HEPI blog ‘A-levels 2020: What students and parents need to know’ (which has had more hits than any other HEPI blog…