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  • Action needed to avert the growing crisis in language learning

    9 January 2020

    The Higher Education Policy Institute’s latest report, A Languages Crisis? (HEPI Report 123) by Megan Bowler, highlights a huge drop in demand for learning languages and makes a set of recommendations for reversing the fall. The paper shows only 32 per cent of 15-to-30 year olds from the UK can read and…

  • It could take a century to hit the latest official university access targets

    12 December 2019

    The Higher Education Policy Institute has published a new report on access to higher education which shows that, at the current rate of progress, it will take 96 years to hit the Office for Students’s targets for access to highly-selective universities. Social mobility and elite universities (HEPI Policy Note 20)…

  • New polling shows students need clarity on how universities use their data

    5 December 2019 by Rachel Hewitt and Michael Natzler

    The Higher Education Policy Institute has published new research about students’ views on data security, Students or data subjects? What students think about university data security.  The survey of over 1,000 full-time undergraduate students, undertaken for HEPI and Tribal, who have sponsored the report, by the polling company YouthSight, shows: Only…

  • HEPI Election Briefing: How and why this election matters for students, staff and higher education institutions

    20 November 2019

    The Higher Education Policy Institute (www.hepi.ac.uk) has issued an Election Briefing document, which discusses and summarises five higher education issues that are linked to the 2019 general election. They are: Student voters; Undergraduate fees and funding; Participation and access; Research and development; and Internationalisation. The Policy Note takes a look at some…

  • Why do so many UK students live away from home and why does it matter?

    14 November 2019

    A new report from the Higher Education Policy Institute and the University Partnerships Programme (UPP), Somewhere to live: Why British students study away from home – and why it matters by Professor William Whyte, looks at why so many students choose to live away from home. The paper considers the Medieval…

  • New polling suggests many students will vote tactically over Brexit

    7 November 2019 by Nick Hillman

    Elections are generally characterised by uncertainties but some things are certain. We wouldn’t be having this election if it weren’t for Brexit. The Prime Minister wants the election to be about Brexit, and the opposition parties agreed to an election because of Brexit. The Brexit Party’s announcement that they will…

  • Rule change could enable more prisoner learning with positive impacts

    24 October 2019

    In a joint Policy Nrote, Student loans for those on long sentences, the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) and the Open University argue for an end to the rule preventing prisoners from accessing student loans until they are within six years of release. The proposal suggests letting longer-serving prisoners apply…

  • HEPI comment on Universities UK’s new guide on telling students where fees go

    22 October 2019 by Nick Hillman

    In response to Universities UK’s new publication A Guide to Presenting Institutional Financial Information to Students, Nick Hillman, Director of the Higher Education Policy Institute (www.hepi.ac.uk), said: This is a great and overdue initiative. We have been calling for many years for students to receive more information about where their fees…

  • Students are unconvinced by Augar’s proposals to reduce tuition fees to £7,500 but support bringing back maintenance grants

    10 October 2019 by Rachel Hewitt

    The Higher Education Policy Institute has published new research on students’ views of the higher education funding system, At what cost? Students’ views on Augar, funding and the cost of living (HEPI Policy Note 17). The survey of over 1,000 full-time undergraduate students, undertaken for HEPI by the polling company YouthSight, shows:…

  • HEPI publishes ideas for reducing racial inequality in higher education

    19 September 2019 by Hugo Dale-Rivas

    The Higher Education Policy Institute (www.hepi.ac.uk) is today publishing a collection of essays by senior higher education figures entitled The white elephant in the room: ideas for reducing racial inequality in higher education. The authors are: Baroness Amos, Director of SOAS, University of London; Professor Kalwant Bhopal, Professor of Education…