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  • Response to the Autumn Statement

    3 December 2014

    In response to the Autumn Statement, Nick Hillman, the Director of the Higher Education Policy Institute, said: ‘The new postgraduate loans deserve two-and-a-half cheers, which is as good as it gets in austere times. Postgraduate support was unfinished business from the 2012 university funding reforms and the new scheme is…

  • 2014 HEPI Annual Lecture by Paul Wellings: ‘The Architecture and the Plumbing: what features do the Higher Education systems in the UK and Australia have in common?’

    26 November 2014

    Below is the full text of the 2014 Hepi Annual Lecture by Professor Paul Wellings, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wollongong, which was delivered at Australia House on the evening of Wednesday, 26th November 2014. A full version of the lecture with some supporting slides is available in pdf format here.  Ladies and Gentleman, It…

  • New HEPI report highlights the benefits of shared infrastructure

    23 October 2014

    The Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) today publishes a new report entitled Jisc: a hidden advantage for higher education, written by the Chief Executive of Jisc, Martyn Harrow, with a Foreword by Nick Hillman, Director of HEPI. The report highlights the £200 million annual savings from the current shared infrastructure…

  • HEPI in the News: The Haldane Principle and the 2015 election

    24 September 2014

    The Director of HEPI, Nick Hillman, has an article published today on the Guardian’s Higher Education Network website about Liam Byrne’s claim that the Coalition Government are subverting the Haldane Principle. One of the arguments in the piece is that the approach of David Willetts (science minister until July) and Liam…

  • HEPI publishes ‘A guide to the removal of student number controls’

    18 September 2014

    HEPI publishes A guide to the removal of student number controls  The latest report from the Higher Education Policy Institute, A guide to the removal of student number controls by Nick Hillman, is published on 18th September 2014. In December last year, universities were caught by surprise when George Osborne announced…

  • Interview with the HEPI Director

    30 July 2014

    In the latest edition of GMT, which is published by the Higher Education Careers Services Unit (HECSU), there is a lengthy interview with the HEPI Director, Nick Hillman, touching on careers advice, the 2015 general election and the financial sustainability of the higher education system.