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  • How safe is your data? New report on cyber security in higher education

    4 April 2019

    HEPI and Jisc have today jointly published How safe is your data? Cyber-security in higher education (HEPI Policy Note 12). The paper reveals: under penetration testing (ethical hacking) using spear phishing, there is a 100 per cent track record of gaining access to higher education institutions’ high-value data within two hours; 173…

  • Just one cohort of international students who stay in the UK to work pay £3.2 billion in tax – and they aren’t taking jobs from UK citizens

    21 March 2019

    The Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) and Kaplan International Pathways (Kaplan) are today publishing new research commissioned from London Economics on the financial contributions of international students who graduate from higher education and stay in the UK to work. The UK’s tax revenues from international students post-graduation shows the tax…

  • After the storm: Where should the USS dispute go next?

    7 February 2019

    The Higher Education Policy Institute has published a new analysis of the biggest university pension scheme, the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS). The USS: How did it come to this? (HEPI Report 115) by Nick Hillman considers the history of the Scheme, from before it began in 1975 to the recent lengthy…

  • KEF: showing excellence in a framework?

    9 January 2019 by Rachel Hewitt

    Today Research England have launched the second round of consultation on the Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF). The aspiration for this third form of excellence framework (in addition to the longstanding Research Excellence Framework and the more recent Teaching Excellence Framework) was raised by Jo Johnson in October 2017 and forms…

  • HEPI response to the ONS announcement on student loans

    17 December 2018

    In response to the announcement on the treatment of student loans in the national accounts by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), Nick Hillman, Director of the Higher Education Policy Institute, said: ‘The 180-degree flip by the Office for National Statistics may seem embarrassing for policymakers but it is more…

  • More support needed for ‘commuter students’, says new report

    13 December 2018

    The Government and higher education institutions should do more to support students who live away from campus – often in the parental home – and who commute long distances to study, according to a new report by the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI). Homeward Bound: Defining, understanding and aiding ‘commuter…