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  • 24 Mar 2011

    Widening participation and fair access: limited aspirations in the era of the new politics?

    by Sir Martin Harris & Professor Susan Price

    On 2 March 2011, Sir Martin Harris, Director of the Office for Fair Access and Professor Susan Price, Vice-Chancellor of Leeds Metropolitan University and a member of HEFCE’s Widening Participation and Fair Access Strategic Advisory Committee gave presentations at the third in a series of four HEPI seminars at the…

  • 1 Mar 2011

    Students and fees: implications of the Browne recommendations

    by Professor David Eastwood and Professor Nicholas Barr

    Second seminar in a series of four in the House of Commons, supported by i-graduate and Wiley. The issues around student financing have dominated debate from the moment student fees were introduced in 1998.  The Independent Review of Higher Education Funding and Student Finance, chaired by Lord Browne, has made…

  • 28 Feb 2011

    Lessons from America?

    by Professor Roger Brown

    In his report produced for HEPI, Professor Roger Brown considers recent developments in higher education in the USA.  He concludes that recent developments mirror those in healthcare, and that if the government does not take action to hold down spiralling costs, the US higher education system will come to resemble…

  • 17 Feb 2011

    Higher Education in an Age of Austerity

    by Sir Alan Langlands, Chief Executive of HEFCE; Professor Sir David Watson, Principal of Green Templeton College, University of Oxford

    First seminar in a series of four in the House of Commons, supported by i-graduate and Wiley. The past ten years have been years of plenty for the HE sector – that much is clear with hindsight – but with the public finances now strictly controlled and universities challenged to…

  • 27 Apr 2010

    Fairness, Funding and Access

    by Janet Beer, Wendy Piatt, Richard Sykes, Ted Powell

    On 27 April 2010, HEPI held a joint seminar with Mills & Reeve LLP, one of our partner companies, in the House of Commons.  The topic was “Fairness, Funding and Access”, with particular regard to admissions to university and the impact of the new Equality Act 2010. The speakers’ slides and…

  • 21 Apr 2010

    Efficiency and effectiveness

    by Carl Lygo and Tim O'Shea

    Final seminar in a series of four in the House of Commons, hosted jointly by HEPI and JISC. As the financial situation that universities face looks increasingly likely to be difficult, it is all the more important that the money that is available is spent well and effectively. This is…

  • 24 Mar 2010

    Universities and employer engagement

    by Sam Laidlaw and Tim Wilson

    Third seminar in a series of four in the House of Commons, hosted jointly by HEPI and JISC. There is increasing acknowledgment that business and industry have an important role to play in higher education – a recognition that is shared by government, employers and universities themselves. The discourse about…

  • 24 Feb 2010

    The financing of higher education

    by Nicola Dandridge and Nick Barr

    HEPI and JISC held a joint seminar on The Financing of Higher Education in the House of Commons on 24 February 2010, the second in a series of four. Nicola Dandridge, Chief Executive of Universities UK, and Professor Nick Barr of the London School of Economics debated the future funding…

  • 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…