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  • Leadership convergence between older and newer universities – and why we should stop talking about ‘post-92s’

    22 September 2022 by Rohan Selva-Radov

    A new Policy Note published by the Higher Education Policy Institute, Thirty years on: Leadership convergence between newer and older universities (HEPI Policy Note 37) by Rohan Selva-Radov, explores the changing tenure of UK university vice-chancellors.  The report shows that while the vice-chancellors of post-1992 universities used to serve much longer terms…

  • The past, present and future of research assessment

    1 September 2022

    The Higher Education Policy Institute ( has published a new collection of pieces entitled Research Evaluation: Past, present and future (HEPI Report 152), edited by Dr Laura Brassington. The dozen different authors consider the origins of UK research evaluation, the outcome of the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021) and options for…

  • 2022 HEPI Soft-Power Index: UK slips further behind the US for the fifth year running

    22 August 2022 by Nick Hillman, HEPI Director

    The Higher Education Policy Institute has published its annual Soft-Power Index, which shows how many serving world leaders were educated in countries other than their own. In the first year of the Index (2017), there were more world leaders who had been educated in the UK than in any other country, including the…

  • HEPI response to today’s exam results: Nine points to note from Nick Hillman

    18 August 2022 by Nick Hillman

    Congratulations to all those getting their results today – I used to spend every results day at the UCAS headquarters in Cheltenham with the Minister for Universities, where there was always a media scramble. When asked how the Government should respond to the kerfuffle, my advice was always: start by congratulating…

  • 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,…