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  • Today is the 70th anniversary of an important fair access report

    26 July 2014

    On Wednesday, 26th July 1944, the Board of Education published The public schools and the general education system by the Committee on Public Schools, which is known as the Fleming Report. The terms of reference for the committee were: To consider means whereby the association between the Public Schools (by which term is meant…

  • 2015/16 Access Agreements by Les Ebdon, the Director of Fair Access

    24 July 2014

    Today the Office for Fair Access announced its decisions on access agreements for 2015-16 – the second set of agreements that we’ve negotiated under my directorship. The most striking development in these new agreements is the smarter way in which universities and colleges are planning to spend their access money.…

  • How to read the new BIS Select Committee report on student loans

    22 July 2014

    The cross-party Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee has today published a report on Student Loans. It is the output of an enquiry which HEPI’s former Director, Bahram Bekhradnia gave oral evidence to last year. It is as useful and thorough as you would expect. The key points are: acceptance of the official figure…

  • HEPI Policy Briefing

    16 July 2014

    HEPI exists thanks to the support of individual higher education providers, including a majority of UK universities, and other organisations with an interest in higher education. This generous support means every HEPI pamphlet is produced in hard copies for wide circulation and is also freely available to anyone around the world in electronic…

  • And the new Minister for Universities and Science will be…

    15 July 2014

    So my boss for 10 years, David Willetts, has finally left the Government. By the end of his tenure, he was the only person to have attended shadow cabinet and cabinet continuously for over 15 years – since William Hague made him shadow Secretary of State for Education in 1998.…

  • Extract from a speech to the Open University

    9 July 2014 by Nick Hillman

    Introduction Thank you for inviting me. HEPI is the UK’s only specialist think-tank on higher education: we are independent, non-partisan and a registered charity. Our goal is to shape the higher education debate for the better, with research. Or, to put it another way, using evidence to help politicians resist…

  • Fancy a 76000% tax rate?

    18 June 2014 by Nick Hillman

    Back in April, HEPI produced two publications comparing the English and Australian student loan systems. Today, we were lucky enough to host a seminar with Professor Bruce Chapman (often described as the architect of the Australian loans system), jointly with the University Alliance and Royal Holloway. One issue that came up is…

  • Let’s hear it for university admissions staff

    10 June 2014

    New research published by the Department for Education has recommended that universities operating contextualised admissions should treat selective and non-selective state schools differently. It is an important contribution to the debate on school type versus school performance. Earlier this year, some people wondered if the battle was over when HEFCE said…