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  • What have people been reading about higher education in 2017/18?

    10 September 2018

    The HEPI year runs from the start of August to the end of July and so, recently, we have been taking stock of our 2017/18 year. It was (by far) the busiest one ever on our website. The top 20 most-read entries were, unsurprisingly, headed by our ground-breaking research with Kaplan…

  • Universities and Integration – An Opportunity

    5 September 2018

    This guest blog has been Kindly provided by Fitzroy Morrissey of All Souls College, Oxford. In March 2018, the Government published its Integrated Communities Strategy Green Paper, which set out some ideas about how to respond to the challenges highlighted by the 2016 Casey Review into opportunity and integration in Britain. Such…

  • The Post-18 Review in England: A Story of Two Loans?

    4 September 2018

    This guest blog has been kindly contributed by Mark Corney, a post-16 education and labour market consultant.  Income contingent loans are viewed as either a tax liability or personal debt. Viewed as debt, the inclination of stakeholders across post-18 education is to turn fee loans and maintenance loans into teaching…

  • Mind the gap

    31 August 2018

    This guest blog has been kindly written for us by Helen Howard, Academic Project Lead for the Student Attainment Project at the University of Derby, and Professor Malcolm Todd, Provost (Academic) at the University of Derby. W we aim to achieve an excellent pedagogical experience for all of our learners,…

  • The Case for a Graduate Tax

    29 August 2018

    HEPI has previously highlighted some of the shortcomings of moving to a graduate tax system. Here, Paul Maginnis (@paulmaginnis1), the author of a new book entitled The Return of Meritocracy: Conservative Ideas for Unlocking Social Mobility puts forward the case in favour of a graduate tax. Tuition fees are a visceral…

  • Higher education co-regulation: Where do we go from here?

    28 August 2018 by Professor David Phoenix

    This guest blog has been kindly written for us by Professor David Phoenix OBE, Chair of MillionPlus and Vice-Chancellor of London South Bank University. Should we regulate – or co-regulate – higher education? Well, the Office for Students is certainly a regulator, there is little doubt about that. But is…

  • Do demographics determine destiny? They can in learning analytics…

    24 August 2018 by Richard Gascoigne

    This guest blog has been kindly contributed to HEPI by Richard Gascoigne, Managing Director of Solutionpath Limited (@GazzaToGo). As with all our guest blogs, this does not represent a HEPI opinion but is designed to stimulate informed debate and discussion. Demographics in higher education are important. Analysis of demographics can: identify disparity in academic…

  • Some headlines on university entry from A-Level results day by Mary Curnock Cook

    16 August 2018 by Mary Curnock Cook

    This guest blog has been kindly provided to HEPI by Mary Curnock Cook, Senior Adviser to Cairneagle, a member of the HEPI Advisory Board and the former Chief Executive of UCAS. The UCAS data published this morning gives a useful guide to trends in undergraduate entry to higher education –…

  • How to land a jumbo jet on a postage stamp

    10 August 2018 by Nick Hillman

    I have been asked a lot, particularly by journalists, about the vagaries of the university application system – and clearing in particular – this past week. It is a peculiar, difficult and stressful process that can last for months between submitting your UCAS form and having your place confirmed. As…