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HEPI runs a range of events selected to maximise their effectiveness in reaching out to our target audiences and include invite-only high level seminars (such as our annual series of House of Commons breakfast seminars), conferences, one-to-one briefings, as well as set-piece events such as the HEPI Annual Lecture given by a senior international figure. Some of these events result in publications, which we also make available online.

  • 1 Feb 2010

    Seventh HEPI Annual Lecture

    by Richard Levin

    “The rise of Asia’s universities” was the title of HEPI’s Seventh Annual Lecture, given at the Royal Society in London by Richard C. Levin, the President of Yale University, who reflected on the ambitions of Asian nations to create new and world-class universities, and the implications of this expansion.

  • 27 Jan 2010

    Quality and standards

    Higher education in this country has an international reputation for high standards and excellent quality, in part sustained by the quality assurance arrangements that have been in place in one form or another for the past two decades. However, some of the pillars that have provided the basis for confidence…

  • 27 Jan 2010

    Quality and standards

    by Peter Williams and Roger Brown

    Transcript of the main speeches from a HEPI-JISC seminar on Quality and Standards, held in the House of Commons on 27 January 2010. Peter Williams, the ex-Chief Executive Officer from the Quality Assurance and Standards Agency, shared a platform with Professor Roger Brown from Liverpool Hope University to discuss the…

  • 26 Jan 2010

    Higher education policy making: hope, prejudice and wishful thinking

    Our Director, Bahram Bekhradnia, will be lecturing at City University in January 2010 as part of their “Education Futures” series. These events are not organised by HEPI; for further information about this lecture and the other events in the series, please visit City University’s website:

  • 25 Jan 2010

    City University Higher Education Futures lecture

    by Bahram Bekhradnia

    “Higher education policy making: hope, prejudice and wishful thinking” – a lecture given by HEPI’s Director, Bahram Bekhradnia, as part of the Higher Education Futures lecture series at City University, London. (The lecture text should be read in conjunction with the PowerPoint slides.)

  • 14 Oct 2009

    Research Funding and Assessment: The Future

    For the past 3 years HEFCE has been considering replacement of the RAE with a new assessment process – the Research Excellence Framework (REF). This consideration is now coming to a conclusion with HEFCE’s publication in September of its definitive proposals. However, the assessment process does not stand in isolation…

  • 6 May 2009

    The Student Experience – what’s the deal?

    As students pay more for their higher education, as term-time employment becomes increasingly common, and as the boundary between part-time and full-time study blurs, it is clear that the student experience is changing.  This has led some to speak about “students as customers”, and although loose and imprecise, such terminology is…