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In recent years, HEPI has produced around 20 reports a year. They are all available free of charge here on our website and are generally also available in hard copy from the HEPI office. (The version on the website should be regarded as the version of record.)

  • Sex and Relationships Among Students: Summary Report

    29 April 2021 by Nick Hillman

    The key findings of a poll of students’ personal lives published in Sex and Relationships Among Students: Summary Report (HEPI Policy Note 30) by Nick Hillman, HEPI’s Director, include: most students (58%) regard making friends as more important than finding sexual partners and just one-in-ten students (10%) expected to have sex during…

  • Students’ views on the impact of Coronavirus on their higher education experience in 2021

    1 April 2021 by Rachel Hewitt

    Key findings Two-thirds of undergraduate students (66%) say they have not received any financial reimbursement from their university or accommodation provider as a result of the pandemic. Around a fifth (19%) have received reimbursement from their accommodation provider, 13% from their university and 2% from both. Two-thirds of students (66%)…

  • Where next for university admissions?

    18 March 2021 by Rachel Hewitt

    In early 2021 the Government announced a review of the current admissions system. This edited collection explores the opportunities and challenges surrounding any move to post-qualification admissions. Among the topics considered are: Should the UK admissions system move to a model of post-qualification admissions and if so which: post-qualification applications,…

  • Designing an English Social Mobility Index by Professor David Phoenix

    4 March 2021 by Professor David Phoenix

    In this paper, Professor David Phoenix, the Vice-Chancellor of London South Bank University, proposes a new English Social Mobility Index. Incorporating the number of students from disadvantaged backgrounds and the distance they travel after they enter their higher education institution, the English SMI provides a new way of understanding the…

  • A short guide to non-continuation in UK universities

    7 January 2021 by Nick Hillman

    A short guide to non-continuation in UK universities (HEPI Policy Note 28) by Nick Hillman, HEPI’s Director, looks at the scale of the problem, including showing that the UK has the lowest drop-out rate of any OECD country. It also considers which students are most at risk of not completing their…

  • Beyond business as usual: Higher education in the era of climate change

    10 December 2020 by Keri Facer

    With climate change continuing to be the biggest global threat, this paper argues that universities and colleges should take a leading role in putting the world on a more sustainable footing. Making use of the latest research and powerful case studies, Keri Facer, Zennström Professor of Climate Change Leadership at…

  • Mind the (Graduate Gender Pay) Gap

    12 November 2020 by Bethan Cornell, Rachel Hewitt and Bahram Bekhradnia

    This report looks at the scale of the gender pay gap between male and female graduates and the factors that may influence this. It finds the overall graduate gender pay gap is not wholly accounted for by subject of study, type of university attended, prior attainment, social background or ethnicity.…