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  • UCU response to HEPI’s new paper on the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS)

    8 February 2019

    This guest blog responding to HEPI’s new report on university pensions has been kindly provided by Matt Waddup, the Head of Policy at the University and College Union. If you don’t know where you’ve come from, you don’t know where you’re going is the message that underpins Nick Hillman’s rags to riches story of the…

  • After the storm: Where should the USS dispute go next?

    7 February 2019

    The Higher Education Policy Institute has published a new analysis of the biggest university pension scheme, the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS). The USS: How did it come to this? (HEPI Report 115) by Nick Hillman considers the history of the Scheme, from before it began in 1975 to the recent lengthy…

  • KEF: showing excellence in a framework?

    9 January 2019 by Rachel Hewitt

    Today Research England have launched the second round of consultation on the Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF). The aspiration for this third form of excellence framework (in addition to the longstanding Research Excellence Framework and the more recent Teaching Excellence Framework) was raised by Jo Johnson in October 2017 and forms…

  • HEPI response to the ONS announcement on student loans

    17 December 2018

    In response to the announcement on the treatment of student loans in the national accounts by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), Nick Hillman, Director of the Higher Education Policy Institute, said: ‘The 180-degree flip by the Office for National Statistics may seem embarrassing for policymakers but it is more…

  • More support needed for ‘commuter students’, says new report

    13 December 2018

    The Government and higher education institutions should do more to support students who live away from campus – often in the parental home – and who commute long distances to study, according to a new report by the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI). Homeward Bound: Defining, understanding and aiding ‘commuter…

  • HEPI Comment on the new Universities Minister

    5 December 2018 by Nick Hillman

    Responding to the news that Chris Skidmore is to the new Minister for Universities, Nick Hillman, Director of the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI), said: This is an interesting appointment. No one predicted it, but it’s not a radical departure. Chris’s impressive bibliography as an author of Tudor history, his…