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  • Why does the Office for National Statistics fail to measure the UK’s educational exports?

    10 March 2017 by James Pitman, Managing Director Higher Education UK & Europe, Study Group

    This guest blog has been kindly written for HEPI by James Pitman, Managing Director Higher Education UK & Europe, Study Group Education is one of our most successful export sectors. It is our fifth largest services sector and the second biggest contributor to our net balance of payments. So why…

  • International Women’s Day: Tales of Success or Survival?

    8 March 2017 by Diana Beech

    Today, on International Women’s Day, it is only right that we celebrate the successes of women in higher education. After all, we live in a world where the majority of students at our universities are women. This is quite a change from the last century: the Universities of Oxford and…

  • The TEF: an idiot’s guide to the arguments for and against

    6 March 2017

    HEPI has probably published more critiques of the new Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) than any other organisation. Four of these are shown in the slide below, and there have been other pieces – such as blogs – alongside. While it is easy to criticise elements of the TEF (not least the metrics),…

  • Education spending across the age range

    28 February 2017

    This post is an extract of a speech by Nick Hillman, HEPI Director, to the Institute for Fiscal Studies at the launch of their paper on education spending across the age range. This important new piece of work from the Institute for Fiscal Studies on education spending fills a hole…

  • Rising to the challenge

    23 February 2017 by Rod Bristow

    This guest blog responding to HEPI’s new report on BTECs as a route to higher education has been kindly provided by Rod Bristow, President, Core Markets for Pearson. A recent editorial in the Guardian noted that ‘England’s beleaguered vocational education system has been subjected to wave after wave of reform. Yet improving…

  • What more might universities do to promote entrepreneurship?

    21 February 2017 by Loris Raimo

    In this guest blog, Loris Raimo, a student at Trinity College, Oxford, argues we won’t achieve the ambitions in the new Industrial Strategy until we fix our education system to create more entrepreneurs. The latest Government Industrial Strategy talks about the importance of entrepreneurs and the need to identify barriers to entrepreneurship, but it is silent on…

  • Don’t let the Home Office stand in the way of good policy

    17 January 2017

    This guest blog on the Higher Education and Research Bill has been kindly contributed by Professor Graham Galbraith, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Portsmouth. One of the central arguments for the Higher Education and Research Bill – currently at Committee Stage in the House of Lords – is that the Bill…

  • Personal Learning Accounts for all: More choice, better skills, more success

    9 January 2017 by John Wrathmell and Simon Hughes

    This guest blog has been contributed by John Wrathmell and Simon Hughes of the Open University. Choice is at the heart of the Government’s vision for higher education. Jo Johnson MP, as the Minister responsible, could not have been clearer at the Second Reading debate on the Higher Education and…

  • Independent HE responds to our new report on alternative providers

    5 January 2017

    This guest blog has been kindly written for us by Alex Proudfoot, Chief Executive of Independent Higher Education (IHE), which is ‘the UK membership organisation and national representative body for independent providers of higher education, professional training and pathways.’ Today’s report from HEPI marks a valiant attempt to summarise the data published…

  • The Bill begins its Peer Review

    12 December 2016

    This guest blog on the Second Reading of the Higher Education and Research Bill in the House of Lords has been kindly provided by G.R.Evans. The Lords really spoke their minds on the Higher Education and Research Bill in their Second Reading debate on 6 December. Peers packed in 69…