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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.

  • 14 Jan 2009

    The Operation of the Market in Higher Education

    Video of the HEPI seminar on The Operation of the Market in Higher Education: Opportunities and Constraints, Experience and Ideology held at the British Academy on 14 January 2009.

  • 14 Jan 2009

    Where the US goes today

    A paper by Professor Roger Brown of Liverpool Hope University looking at the current state of higher education in the United States, prospects for the future, and the lessons the UK might learn.

  • 11 Nov 2008

    Sixth HEPI Annual Lecture

    by Lord Giddens

    Lord Giddens, life peer and a former Director of the London School of Economics, gave HEPI’s sixth Annual Lecture at the Royal Institution on 11th November 2008. His title was “Reflections on the future of universities”.

  • 7 Oct 2008

    Developments in Higher Education Applications and Admissions

    Admission to higher education has risen up the political agenda, and is now a major policy concern.  The applications process is changing, and there are major changes to the level 3 examinations that prepare students for entry to university.  These developments are of concern equally to schools and to higher…

  • 7 Oct 2008

    Reform of the System

    by Jon Coles

    Speech given by Jon Coles of the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) at the Developments in HE Applications and Admissions conference held on 7 October 2008.

  • 7 Oct 2008

    Applications and Admissions

    by David Lammy

    Speech given by David Lammy, Minister of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, at the Developments in HE Applications and Admissions conference held on 7 October 2008.

  • 7 Oct 2008

    14-19 Changes and Progress

    by Mike Tomlinson

    Speech given by Mike Tomlinson, who chaired the Government’s working group on 14-19 education provision, at the Developments in HE Applications and Admissions conference held on 7 October 2008.

  • 15 Jan 2008

    Fifth HEPI Annual Lecture

    by Professor Yves Mény

    “Higher Education in Europe: national systems, European programmes, global issues. Can they be reconciled?” was the title of HEPI’s fifth annual lecture, delivered at the Royal Society in London on 15 January 2008 by Professor Yves Mény, President of the European University Institute in Italy. Download the transcript or listen to…

  • 10 Oct 2007

    Skills, vocational qualifications and employer engagement: a new agenda for education

    The Government has made skills training at all levels — and vocational qualifications — a centrepiece of its education strategy.  It has urged schools to provide the 16+ diploma, universities to admit and cater for students holding vocational qualifications, and both schools and universities to engage employers in developing their…