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  • 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…

  • Moving on up? What the Social Mobility Barometer means for UK higher education

    19 June 2017 by Diana Beech

    In January this year, the Secretary of State for Education, Justine Greening, set out the role of education in removing obstacles to social mobility. She proclaimed she wanted ‘to see more disadvantaged young people attending the very best universities, … entering the top professions, and progressing through the most rewarding…

  • What’s on at the Buckingham Festival of Higher Education?

    16 June 2017 by Diana Blamires

    This guest blog comes from the University of Buckingham, where HEPI is hosting two debates at the Festival of Higher Education later this month. The term ‘HE conference’ usually conjures up images of dingy lecture theatres, central London and concrete. Nothing could be more different when it comes to the…

  • HE leavers and the labour market: some lessons from LEO

    15 June 2017 by Diana Beech

    After the trials and tribulations of the past week, the release of the Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) data on Tuesday at least provided the higher education sector with a welcome sense of ‘business as usual’. For those unfamiliar with the LEO data, these are experimental statistics on the employment and…

  • The DUP in power: What it means for UK universities

    12 June 2017 by Diana Beech

    Since the nation woke up on Friday morning to the news of a hung parliament, one party from Northern Ireland has found itself thrust into the limelight as the key to sustaining another Conservative term in office. The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) – Northern Ireland’s largest political party, representing a…

  • A new Minister’s first day in office, Monday 12 June 2017

    8 June 2017

    A few days ago, we imagined how the first conversation between a new Universities Minister, should there be one after the election, and his most senior official might go. Here, Dr Dean Machin, Strategic Policy Adviser at the University of Portsmouth, imagines the same conversation taking a rather different course. Minister: So what is our most…

  • Spotlight on HE policy: Sarah Olney (Liberal Democrats)

    6 June 2017 by Sarah Olney

    With just one week to go until the General Election, HEPI is asking the political parties for their views on higher education issues. We are asking the same 5 questions to all parties. In this post, Sarah Olney, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Richmond Park, has given her views in…

  • What should be the first decision of a new Universities Minister?

    6 June 2017 by Nick Hillman

    Now that we are in the week of the general election, we could be just days away from a new Universities and Science Minister – the third in three years. Either the Conservatives lose the election, in which place a new Minister is guaranteed, or they win, in which case…