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  • Professor Steve West, Chair of the University Alliance, responds to HEPI’s new report

    24 July 2014

    As ever, HEPI is providing useful and stimulating food for thought as the sector and others grapple with certain recurring issues.In particular, we agree that the UK’s obsession with hierarchy limits the understanding of many people that excellence exists across the higher education sector. We all need to do more to challenge this…

  • HEPI wins ‘One to Watch’ at the Think Tank of the Year Awards

    17 July 2014

    At last night’s Prospect Think Tank of the Year Awards, sponsored by Shell and the Institute of Directors, the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) triumphed in the ‘One to Watch’ category. The judges particularly recognised the strength of HEPI’s work on the cost of student loans and on the quality of students’ academic…

  • HEPI Director writes in the Guardian

    15 July 2014

    Today’s Guardian includes a piece by the HEPI Director looking at the impact of student loans on election results. The argument is that, while they may not make much difference to the election result in 2015, they could do so in 2030. The final paragraph gives a flavour of the…

  • Putting schooling and higher education in different parts of Whitehall creates friction. But a certain level of friction serves a purpose

    11 July 2014

    As SW1 prepares for an expected ministerial reshuffle, it is a timely moment to consider the landscape of Whitehall alongside the personalities that reside there. In the latest edition of Insight, a new magazine published by the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference, the Director of HEPI, Nick Hillman, considers where responsibility for higher education…

  • Survey of Conservative election candidates on student migration

    30 June 2014

    As reported in today’s Daily Telegraph, the Higher Education Policy Institute has conducted a small survey among Conservative candidates in place to fight the 2015 general election (excluding sitting MPs). The survey shows: 78% of Conservative candidates think international students should be excluded from any target for reducing migration 69% of Conservative candidates think the UK…

  • Scottish independence and higher education: The HEPI / Times Higher Education essay competition

    2 May 2014

    Writers with strong opinions on what Scottish independence might mean for higher education are invited to enter the Higher Education Policy Institute / Times Higher Education Scottish independence essay-writing competition. Essays do not need to cover all the consequences of independence for higher education and may focus on a single angle. Prizes: The best…