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  • New polling suggests many students will vote tactically over Brexit

    7 November 2019 by Nick Hillman

    Elections are generally characterised by uncertainties but some things are certain. We wouldn’t be having this election if it weren’t for Brexit. The Prime Minister wants the election to be about Brexit, and the opposition parties agreed to an election because of Brexit. The Brexit Party’s announcement that they will…

  • Rule change could enable more prisoner learning with positive impacts

    24 October 2019

    In a joint Policy Nrote, Student loans for those on long sentences, the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) and the Open University argue for an end to the rule preventing prisoners from accessing student loans until they are within six years of release. The proposal suggests letting longer-serving prisoners apply…

  • HEPI comment on Universities UK’s new guide on telling students where fees go

    22 October 2019 by Nick Hillman

    In response to Universities UK’s new publication A Guide to Presenting Institutional Financial Information to Students, Nick Hillman, Director of the Higher Education Policy Institute (, said: This is a great and overdue initiative. We have been calling for many years for students to receive more information about where their fees…

  • Students are unconvinced by Augar’s proposals to reduce tuition fees to £7,500 but support bringing back maintenance grants

    10 October 2019 by Rachel Hewitt

    The Higher Education Policy Institute has published new research on students’ views of the higher education funding system, At what cost? Students’ views on Augar, funding and the cost of living (HEPI Policy Note 17). The survey of over 1,000 full-time undergraduate students, undertaken for HEPI by the polling company YouthSight, shows:…

  • HEPI publishes ideas for reducing racial inequality in higher education

    19 September 2019 by Hugo Dale-Rivas

    The Higher Education Policy Institute ( is today publishing a collection of essays by senior higher education figures entitled The white elephant in the room: ideas for reducing racial inequality in higher education. The authors are: Baroness Amos, Director of SOAS, University of London; Professor Kalwant Bhopal, Professor of Education…

  • Godot has arrived!

    10 September 2019

    In response to the Government’s announcement on the reintroduction of the two-year Post-Study Work visa, Nick Hillman (Director of HEPI), said: At last, Godot has finally arrived. All the evidence, including our own, has long suggested we need a better regime for international students past and present. We’ve been standing…

  • US extends its lead over the UK in HEPI’s annual soft-power rankings

    5 September 2019

    A new Policy Note from the Higher Education Policy Institute, The soft-power benefits of educating the world’s leaders, shows the UK continues to fall behind the US when it comes to educating people who go on to lead their own countries. Two years ago, the UK had educated one more…

  • University governance in a new age of regulation

    29 August 2019

    The Higher Education Policy Institute is today publishing University governance in a new age of regulation: A conversation between Professor Steven Jones and Nick Hillman, with a Foreword by Professor Michael Shattock (HEPI Report 119). The report looks at the changing roles of, and growing demands on, governors of higher education institutions.…