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  • When ten into two doesn’t go?

    18 May 2016

    In many ways, the biggest shift from the recent past in the new higher education green paper is the redrawing of the research landscape (as I originally noted in a Times Higher blog). The white paper says: ‘There are currently ten arms’-length Government bodies operating in the higher education and…

  • How students could most influence the referendum

    9 May 2016

    Universities are fighting a lively campaign collectively and individually in favour of the UK remaining part of the European Union. They have come in for a little criticism as a result from some, but many Vice Chancellors – as Michael Arthur of UCL has pointed out – regard it as…

  • Criticising Whitehall from the safety of an ivory tower?

    1 April 2016

    Ian Menter, Emeritus Professor of Teacher Education at the University of Oxford and Vice-President of the British Educational Research Association, has written a furious blog post condemning the Department for Education of misusing his research, which went live earlier today. On page 29 of the recent white paper on, it says: ‘We know that when…

  • Would leaving the EU really mean fewer EU students coming to study in the UK?

    28 March 2016

    HEPI is a registered charity, regulated by the Charity Commission. It does not take a position on the UK’s continued membership of the European Union. Instead, it exists to promote healthy debate on issues associated with higher education. In relation to the referendum, this has so far included: commissioning a…

  • HEPI / Times Higher EU referendum essay-writing competition

    18 March 2016

    At the time of the 2014 referendum on independence for Scotland, HEPI and the Times Higher jointly ran an essay-writing competition looking at the potential impact on higher education. The winning entries were by Hugh Pennington, Emeritus Professor of Bacteriology at the University of Aberdeen, and Thomas Swann, a PhD candidate…

  • Learning from other sectors: using the right end of the telescope!

    1 March 2016

    Our latest guest blog has been kindly contributed by Fiona Ross, Director of Research at the Leadership Foundation, who has a part-time Chair at Kingston University and St George’s, University of London, where she was formerly Dean of the Joint Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education. I was excited to see…

  • Teaching Excellence: a quality foundation

    25 February 2016 by Douglas Blackstock

    This guest blog, responding to HEPI’s newest publication (Designing a Teaching Excellence Framework: Lessons from other sectors by Louisa Darian) has been kindly contributed by Douglas Blackstock, Chief Executive of the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education. Last week the Executive Director of the Finnish quality agency told a meeting in Glasgow…