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  • 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…

  • HEPI Comment on the new Universities Minister

    5 December 2018 by Nick Hillman

    Responding to the news that Chris Skidmore is to the new Minister for Universities, Nick Hillman, Director of the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI), said: This is an interesting appointment. No one predicted it, but it’s not a radical departure. Chris’s impressive bibliography as an author of Tudor history, his…

  • New report calls on universities to tell students where their fees go, as new figures reveal under half of fee income goes on teaching but most of the rest also benefits students

    22 November 2018

    A new paper published by the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) calls for greater transparency on the use of students’ tuition fees. Where do student fees really go? Following the pound (HEPI Report 113) by Nick Hillman, Jim Dickinson, Alice Rubbra and Zach Klamann shows around 45% of tuition fee income…

  • How London Met was turned around

    18 October 2018

    Outgoing Vice-Chancellor says improving the prospects of thousands of students from deprived backgrounds is one of his proudest achievements Professor John Raftery said: ‘The turnaround since 2014 at London Metropolitan University is an example of what is possible when a university “gets a grip”, taking both ownership of its past…

  • Targeted Tuition Fees: Is means-testing the answer?

    20 September 2018

    The UK’s Higher Education Policy Institute and Canada’s Higher Education Strategy Associates are jointly publishing a new research paper on charging people from poorer backgrounds less for higher education. Targeted Tuition Fees: Is means-testing the answer? by Alex Usher and Robert Burroughs is being simultaneously published in the UK and Canada.…

  • David versus Goliath: The past, present and future of students’ unions in the UK

    6 September 2018

    The Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) is publishing a report on the past, present and future of students’ unions in the UK. Released just before the new academic year begins, the report traces the history of student representation in higher education to show its role in higher education debates. David…