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In recent years, HEPI has produced over 20 reports a year. They are all available free of charge here on our website and all our longer reports are also available in hard copy from the HEPI office.

The version on the website should be regarded as the version of record.

  • A Minimum Income Standard for Students

    9 May 2024

    The Minimum Income Standard (MIS) is an approach developed by the Centre for Research in Social Policy (CRSP) at Loughborough University to determine how much money different groups in the population need to have for a minimum acceptable standard of living. This Report, published by HEPI and TechnologyOne in partnership…

  • The Exchequer benefits and costs associated with the Graduate Route visa

    7 May 2024 by James Cannings, Maike Halterbeck and Dr Gavan Conlon, London Economics

    On 12 March 2024, the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) was commissioned by the Home Office to conduct a rapid review of the Graduate Route visa, to be concluded swiftly by 14 May 2024. In response to the Home Office, the Chair of the MAC, Professor Brian Bell, noted: ‘the timescales for…

  • How should undergraduate degrees be funded? A collection of essays.

    11 April 2024 by Rose Stephenson

    This collection of essays, edited by Rose Stephenson, Director of Policy and Advocacy at the Higher Education Policy Institute, delves into the challenges of financing higher education. From Chloe Field’s critique of marketisation to Jo Johnson’s model of differentiated fees, the collection navigates several funding scenarios. London Economics provide an…

  • Technology Foundations for Twenty-First Century Higher Education

    28 March 2024 by Mary Curnock Cook

    This collection of essays, edited by Mary Curnock Cook CBE and sponsored by LearningMate, brings together leading Edtech voices to explain how technology is already improving higher education and how much more it could potentially do to transform the student experience for the better.

  • Show me the money: an exploration of the gender pay gap in higher education

    14 March 2024 by Rose Stephenson

    Mandatory gender pay gap reporting has been a requirement for many higher education providers since 2017. This report examines the data and the subsequent progress made during this time. The report ranks higher education providers by a number of metrics relating to the gender pay gap. Rankings can be a…

  • Cracks in our foundations: Evaluating foundation years as a tool for access and success

    7 March 2024

    Short, preparatory ‘foundation year’ courses have exploded in popularity in recent years, but they have drawn criticism from policymakers. Like Access diplomas, they serve to support people from all backgrounds to enter higher education. This HEPI Report asks whether foundation years are effective tools for widening access – or whether,…

  • The lives of early career researchers

    29 February 2024

    In 2023, the British Academy commissioned 11 members of its Early Career Researcher Network to write about their experiences of life and work in UK higher education. The essay collection shines a light on the voices, perspectives and journeys of early career researchers, poignantly showcasing the realities and challenges faced…

  • What is wrong with franchise provision?

    22 February 2024 by Professor Nick Braisby, Ian Harper and Professor Damien Page

    Franchised provision of higher education has been under the spotlight in recent times. Without shying away from the challenges faced by those delivering successful franchise arrangements, this paper shows how important franchising can be in extending access to higher education. The authors explain what protections need to be in place…

  • Student Accommodation: The State of the Nation in 2024

    15 February 2024 by Martin Blakey

    In a new paper from the Higher Education Policy Institute, Student Accommodation: The State of the Nation in 2024, Martin Blakey, the former Chief Executive of the Leeds-based student housing charity Unipol, explains the changes in the student accommodation market that have led to higher rents. Following the recent announcement that…