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  • New restrictions on university places could create ‘unlucky generations’

    19 March 2020

    In a new report from the Higher Education Policy Institute, After demand driven funding in Australia: Competing models for distributing student places to universities, courses and students (HEPI Report 128), Professor Andrew Norton warns against controlling student numbers when the population of young people is rising. The number of school leavers…

  • Why the UK will miss the R&D targets if we cut funding for students

    9 March 2020 by Nick Hillman

    Two days before the Budget, the Higher Education Policy Institute is publishing a new report on cross-subsidies between teaching and research in universities. From T to R revisited: Cross-subsidies from teaching to research after Augar and the 2.4% R&D target by Nick Hillman (HEPI Report 127) shows: University research is underfunded…

  • Universities are key to levelling up: scrap year one fees for first in family students and redirect research funding to left behind regions

    27 February 2020 by Rachel Hewitt

    A new report from the Higher Education Policy Institute, Making Universities Matter: How higher education can help to heal a divided Britain (HEPI Report 125), is calling for fundamental change to ensure universities meet the priorities of their communities and help the Government bridge social, economic and regional divides.  Building on the…

  • Students with few or no helpful teachers are 146% more likely to report a high level of dissatisfaction with life

    13 February 2020

    Professor Tim Blackman, Vice-Chancellor of the Open University, has applied sophisticated statistical techniques to the most recent HEPI / Advance HE Student Academic Experience Survey results in order to see which factors most affect student wellbeing. The key findings in What affects student wellbeing? (HEPI Policy Note 21) include: a relationship between ethnic identity and dissatisfaction…

  • The Future of Higher Education and the Implications for Students

    11 February 2020 by Nick Hillman

    Last night, I was honoured to be able to deliver the annual Drapers’ Lecture at Queen Mary, University of London. Among the issues covered by the lecture are: fees and funding; access; Augar; student numbers; international students; Brexit; edtech; part-time students; and research funding. Introduction Thank you for inviting me…

  • Why we must listen to the voices of part-time students

    6 February 2020

    A new paper from the Higher Education Policy Institute, Unheard: the voices of part-time adult learners (HEPI Report 124) by Dr John Butcher of the Open University, considers the sharp decline in part-time learning through the voices of students. Between 2011/12 and 2017/18, there was a 60% fall in the number of…

  • Action needed to avert the growing crisis in language learning

    9 January 2020

    The Higher Education Policy Institute’s latest report, A Languages Crisis? (HEPI Report 123) by Megan Bowler, highlights a huge drop in demand for learning languages and makes a set of recommendations for reversing the fall. The paper shows only 32 per cent of 15-to-30 year olds from the UK can read and…

  • It could take a century to hit the latest official university access targets

    12 December 2019

    The Higher Education Policy Institute has published a new report on access to higher education which shows that, at the current rate of progress, it will take 96 years to hit the Office for Students’s targets for access to highly-selective universities. Social mobility and elite universities (HEPI Policy Note 20)…