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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.)

  • Annual Review 2020/21

    30 September 2021 by Nick Hillman

    This short Annual Review provides further detail on HEPI’s performance in 2020/21, reflecting our continued commitment to transparency on our work.

  • Boosting higher education while cutting public spending

    30 September 2021 by David Willetts

    Universities can help level up by boosting earnings, transforming towns and delivering vocational and technical education. They fulfil the aspirations of many young people. In this paper, David Willetts explores how to boost participation in higher education while cutting public spending. He argues it is reasonable to expect graduates to…

  • The Humanities in Modern Britain: Challenges and Opportunities

    23 September 2021

    In this report, Gabriel Roberts looks at the current challenges facing the humanities. The author analyses the humanities’ performance in three different areas – student enrolment, graduate employment and funding – and explores how any challenges might be overcome.

  • The costs and benefits of international higher education students to the UK economy

    9 September 2021 by Nick Hillman

    New analysis shows that just one year’s intake of incoming international students is worth £28.8 billion to the UK economy. The costs and benefits of international higher education students to the UK economy, published by Universities UK International (UUKi) and the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI), with research from London…

  • Student Relationships, Sex and Sexual Health Survey

    22 July 2021 by Michael Natzler

    Drawing on wide-ranging and robust polling data Student Relationships, Sex and Sexual Health Survey explores the personal lives of students with an eye to improving support for students in higher education. Topics covered range from experiences of Relationship and Sex Education at school to confidence in navigating consent when alcohol…

  • No easy answers: English student finance and the spending review

    10 June 2021 by Nick Hillman

    Cuts to education may be regarded as counter-productive at times of upheaval, but it has been reported Ministers want to make savings on higher education in England at the next spending review. HEPI has therefore published some new modelling commissioned from London Economics on various possible changes to student loans.…

  • Regional policy and R&D: evidence, experiments and expectations

    13 May 2021 by Sarah Chaytor, Grace Gottlieb and Graeme Reid

    Too many earlier attempts to use R&D investment for ‘levelling up’ have started with big ambitions but not survived long enough to deliver economic benefit. The purpose of regional R&D investment needs greater clarity. This report unpicks assumptions about the spread of research funding across the UK and finds them…