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  • New Insights on WP: The importance of social capital

    16 August 2017 by Paul Clarke

    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’. Over the next few weeks, we will be showcasing the…

  • New Insights on Widening Participation: Foreword by Les Ebdon

    15 August 2017 by Les Ebdon CBE DL

    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’. Over the next few weeks, we will be showcasing the…

  • Measuring teaching intensity: the authors respond to the critics

    7 August 2017 by Gervas Huxley and Mike Peacey

    This guest blog has been written for HEPI by Gervas Huxley and Mike Peacey, the authors of a new academic article that has received considerable media coverage for shining a spotlight on teaching intensity, which is increasingly an interest of the Government too. In research just published in the journal Fiscal Studies, we…

  • How the book can become a badge of belonging in higher education

    21 July 2017 by Alison Baverstock

    This guest blog was written by Alison Baverstock, Associate Professor at Kingston University and Director of The KU Big Read. I’m feeling conflicted. Obviously this article is being published after internal consultation at Kingston University, but I am nevertheless aware that I’m in danger of revealing a significant Kingston USP,…

  • Jo Johnson: Value for Money?

    19 July 2017

    Tomorrow, Jo Johnson (the Minister for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation) is delivering a speech to the Reform think tank on ‘Securing VFM for students in HE’. In plain English, VFM means ‘value-for-money’. So the speech could be ten times more interesting than it may sound. There are a number…

  • How do you create a university for students?

    14 July 2017 by Jon Wakeford

    This guest blog comes from Jon Wakeford, Group Director, Strategy and Corporate Communications, at the University Partnerships Programme (UPP). It was originally presented as a speech at the 2017 HEPI Annual Conference at Regent’s University London on 7 June. With the numerous political and economic upheavals taking place in the UK…

  • Adonis Mark I versus Adonis Mark II

    13 July 2017 by Nick Hillman

    When politicians associated with one particular policy or another change their mind, it is often a reason to cheer. This is because it tends to happen when they recognise some old evidence is correct after all or some new evidence comes to light and they respond to it. In general, our…

  • Being an ombudsman in higher education: a review

    7 July 2017 by Diana Beech

    ‘Ombudsmen in higher education are a growing and distinct cadre’, writes Rob Behrens, Visiting Professor at UCL Institute of Education and Independent Adjudicator and Chief Executive of the Office of the Independent Adjudicator (OIA) for Higher Education in England and Wales between 2008 and 2016. It is these eight years…

  • Salary vs. satisfaction: What constitutes good work for graduates?

    30 June 2017 by Diana Beech

    Last week, HEPI hosted a roundtable lunch discussion at the RSA in conjunction with the UPP Foundation, looking at what ‘good work’ means for graduates. Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive of the RSA, was the guest speaker at the event, sharing his thoughts on the Government’s review on modern employment practices,…

  • HEPI Director responds to the Teaching Excellence Framework results

    22 June 2017 by Nick Hillman

    Nick Hillman, Director of the Higher Education Policy Institute, said: ‘The Teaching Excellence Framework would have comprehensively failed if it had simply replicated existing hierarchies. It was always designed to do something different to other league tables and rankings – namely, to show where there are pockets of excellence that…