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  • HEPI’s Annual Soft-Power Ranking, 2020: The UK slips further behind the US

    27 August 2020 by Nick Hillman

    The Higher Education Policy Institute has published the HEPI Annual Soft-Power Ranking 2020, which looks at the countries that have educated the most serving world leaders. The results show the UK, which had educated the most world leaders in 2017 but slipped relative to the US in both 2018 and…

  • Call for a new approach on the affordability, regulation and cost of student accommodation

    6 August 2020

    The Higher Education Policy Institute has published a new report on the burgeoning student accommodation sector. Student Accommodation: The Facts (HEPI Analytical Paper 2) by Sarah Jones and Martin Blakey shows 1.2 million students rent their housing, split between university-provided accommodation (28%), private purpose-built student accommodation (27%) and shared student houses (45%). The…

  • New report calls for the decolonisation of universities in order address a ‘silent crisis’

    23 July 2020

    The Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) has published a new report with original testimony and practical guidance for UK universities on decolonising higher education. The report establishes that the decolonisation of UK universities is vital for the improvement of course curricula, pedagogical practice, staff wellbeing and the student experience.  Miseducation:…

  • Universities and Brexit: Past, Present and Future

    11 July 2020

    HEPI’s Director, Nick Hillman, has written about ‘Universities and Brexit: past, present and future‘ for today’s Long Read from ‘The UK in a Changing Europe’. The piece argues: Standing (largely) aside in the Scottish referendum and then getting stuck in on one side of the Brexit referendum were both defensible…

  • Universities should redouble their engagement with China while reaffirming their commitment to free intellectual enquiry

    9 July 2020

    The Higher Education Policy Institute ( have published a new collection of essays on the challenges and complexities of the relationship between UK universities and China. UK Universities and China covers topics including: self-censorship; the importance of UK-China scientific research; and the recruitment and integration of Chinese students. The diverse…

  • Review of Day One of the fifth Buckingham Festival of HE

    8 July 2020

    The future of higher education and the fallout from COVID-19 were two themes of the first day of the fifth Buckingham Festival of Higher Education, which went online for the first time yesterday. Sponsored by Pearson and held in partnership with the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI), the fifth University…

  • Response to the new support for UK universities

    27 June 2020

    Responding to the announcement from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on support for UK universities during the crisis, Nick Hillman, Director of HEPI, said: My overwhelming response is positive. Universities have been wanting a package of support to stabilise what they do since the crisis began. My…