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  • HEPI events – Autumn/Winter 2017

    11 September 2017

    The new academic year is almost upon us. The legislation is now on the statute books, the TEF has been rolled out and we have a tiny bit more clarity on the status of international students, with a Government review currently underway. There remains, however, a rich agenda still to…

  • Some issues are even more important than vice-chancellors’ pay – such as autonomy.

    7 September 2017 by Nick Hillman

    The summer showed that vice-chancellors’ pay is a matter of public interest. Counter-intuitively, and in contrast to almost every other issue affecting universities, the best way to address the concerns might be for institutions to become a little more inward-looking. In other words, or so I have argued elsewhere (‘On v-c…

  • Defying the downturn: Why more graduates than ever are becoming entrepreneurs

    6 September 2017 by Victoria Greene

    This guest blog comes from Victoria Greene, Marketing Consultant and Freelance Writer. Victoria works with ecommerce businesses and entrepreneurs to create effective content and marketing strategies. She is currently mentoring entrepreneurial students in Chicago. The first steps on the road to post-graduate employment can be a challenge, and finding work that makes…

  • Entering university? Something important to think about

    5 September 2017 by Nick Hillman

    University changed my life, just as it will change the lives of those school leavers who enrol for the first time this autumn. But I didn’t particularly enjoy my first term or my first year. I was in one of the oldest and most traditional halls of residence, but my…

  • New Insights on WP: Building students’ self-awareness in untraditional settings

    4 September 2017 by Debi Hayes and Mark Fuller

    On 14 August 2017, the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) and the social mobility charity Brightside jointly published a collection of essays by senior higher education figures entitled ‘Where next for widening participation and fair access? New insights from leading thinkers’. Since 15 August, we have been showcasing the contents of this…

  • New Insights on WP: Extending access and promoting lifelong learning

    1 September 2017 by Peter Horrocks

    On 14 August 2017, the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) and the social mobility charity Brightside jointly published a collection of essays by senior higher education figures entitled ‘Where next for widening participation and fair access? New insights from leading thinkers’. Since 15 August, we have been showcasing the contents of this…

  • New Insights on WP: The Welsh tradition and contemporary challenge

    31 August 2017 by Kirsty Williams AM

    On 14 August 2017, the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) and the social mobility charity Brightside jointly published a collection of essays by senior higher education figures entitled ‘Where next for widening participation and fair access? New insights from leading thinkers’. Since 15 August, we have been showcasing the contents of this…

  • New Insights on WP: Scotland the Brave?

    30 August 2017 by Vonnie Sandlan

    On 14 August 2017, the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) and the social mobility charity Brightside jointly published a collection of essays by senior higher education figures entitled ‘Where next for widening participation and fair access? New insights from leading thinkers’. Since 15 August, we have been showcasing the contents of this…

  • New Insights on WP: A behavioural approach

    29 August 2017 by Susannah Hume and Eliza Selley

    On 14 August 2017, the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) and the social mobility charity Brightside jointly published a collection of essays by senior higher education figures entitled ‘Where next for widening participation and fair access? New insights from leading thinkers’. Since 15 August, we have been showcasing the contents of this…

  • New Insights on WP: Evaluation

    25 August 2017 by David Woolley

    On 14 August 2017, the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) and the social mobility charity Brightside jointly published a collection of essays by senior higher education figures entitled ‘Where next for widening participation and fair access? New insights from leading thinkers’. Since last week, we have been showcasing the contents of this…