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  • A 32-hour week: sensible or nonsensical?

    24 September 2019 by Nick Hillman

    At the Labour Party Conference yesterday, John McDonnell, the Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, said: I can tell you today that the next Labour government will reduce the average full time working week to 32 hours within a decade. A shorter working week with no loss of pay. Predictions of…

  • White Elephant #2: Talking about Race in Higher Education

    21 September 2019 by Professor Shân Wareing

    This blog by Professor Shân Wareing originally appeared in HEPI Report 120 The white elephant in the room: ideas for reducing racial inequalities in higher education. To put this section in the context of my background, I am a white employee of a UK university. In 2018, I led the…

  • White Elephant #1: Race matters: Addressing competing inequalities in higher education

    20 September 2019 by Professor Kalwant Bhopal

    This blog by Professor Kalwant Bhopal originallyappeared in HEPI report 120 The white elephant in the room: ideas for reducing racial inequalities in higher education The year 2019 marks 20 years since the publication of the Macpherson report (1999). The Macpherson report was published as a result of an inquiry on the tragic murder of Stephen…

  • Changes to student entry quality in a marketised English higher education system

    18 September 2019 by Dan Monnery, Director of Strategic Planning, Nothumbria University

    A guest blog, kindly contributed by Dan Monnery, Director of Strategic Planning, Northumbria University As the dust settles on this year’s undergraduate recruitment round, vice-chancellors, directors of recruitment and finance directos will be reflecting on how many students their institution has been able to attract. Since the marketisation in England,…

  • Satisfying employers’ appetite for graduates

    16 September 2019

    This guest blog has been kindly written for HEPI by Tristram Hooley, Chief Research Officer, Institute of Student Employers Employers report a substantial rise in the number of graduates starting on graduate schemes this year. They have also increased graduates’ pay to make these jobs attractive. It seems to be…

  • Future-Proofing the HE Landscape – success versus winning

    13 September 2019

    By Ian Koxvold, Head of Education Strategy, PwC I was delighted to be invited to join a panel at the 2019 HEPI annual conference to speak on Future-Proofing the Higher Education landscape – and intimidated to follow excellent talks from Professor Julia Buckingham and the Rt Hon Dame Margaret Hodge…