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  • Universities ‘should do more to prevent student homelessness’

    21 July 2022 by Greg Hurst

    A new report from the Higher Education Policy Institute, Could universities do more to end homelessness? (HEPI Debate Paper 30) by Greg Hurst, argues universities should do more to track and prevent homelessness among their students and could play a wider role in supporting efforts to end all forms of homelessness. It…

  • Why University Governors Should Do More to Protect Academic Quality

    14 July 2022 by Dr Alex Bols

    A new report from the Higher Education Policy Institute, Why it is time for university governors to do more on academic quality (HEPI Policy Note 36), notes the growing responsibility that boards of higher education institutions have on issues of academic quality. The report, which focuses mainly on England, calls on governors…

  • Students signal significant bounce-back in the value of their studies

    9 June 2022

    The Advance HE/HEPI 2022 Student Academic Experience Survey shows student perceptions of value for money and other key indicators have shifted positively towards pre-Covid levels. Encouraging signs of recovery from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the student academic experience are revealed in the 2022 Student Academic Experience Survey published today,…

  • Vice-chancellors are sticking around for longer – and, on average, they stay put for more years than any Secretary of State for Education ever

    26 May 2022 by Nick Hillman

    The Higher Education Policy Institute, with support from executive search firm GatenbySanderson, has published a new paper on the changing tenure of UK university vice-chancellors over the past half a century. Digging in? The changing tenure of UK vice-chancellors (HEPI Policy Note 34) shows that, from the late 1970s to 2011, the…

  • Defend – don’t defund – proven qualifications for school leavers

    28 April 2022

    In a new paper published by the Higher Education Policy Institute (, Holding Talent Back? What is next for the future of Level 3?, 11 different authors consider the Westminster Government’s controversial reforms to Level 3 qualifications, including BTECs. While the Government has confirmed that many Applied General qualifications can…

  • No growth in Chinese Studies graduates during China’s ascendancy

    31 March 2022 by Michael Natzler

    The Higher Education Policy Institute is publishing a new report, Understanding China: The Study of China in UK schools and universities by Michael Natzler (HEPI Report 148), sponsored by the University of St Andrews. The report reviews the current state of teaching and research on China in UK schools and universities. It…

  • ***New*** English Social Mobility Index for 2022

    24 March 2022 by David Phoenix

    The blog below, written by Professor David Phoenix, Vice-Chancellor of London South Bank University (LSBU), includes the results of the 2022 Social Mobility Index. We should do more to celebrate those universities which make a contribution to real social mobility – that means getting on, not just getting in. This…