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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.)

  • Misunderstanding Modern Higher Education: Eight “category mistakes”

    29 February 2012

    In this HEPI occasional report, Professor Sir David Watson discusses eight myths – category mistakes – concerning higher education that are widely believed, and argues that these need to be exploded if higher education is to maintain its current comparatively healthy state. This report is based on his presentation to…

  • Institutional Diversity in UK Higher Education

    25 January 2012 by Brian Ramsden

    This report examines the characteristics of the UK higher education system from a number of different dimensions, looking particularly at whether there has been a reduction in diversity over recent years. It concludes that whereas there may have been some minor convergence in some respects, the system remains extremely diverse,…

  • Private Providers in UK Higher Education: Some Policy Options

    5 May 2011 by Professor Robin Middlehurst and John Fielden

    This report considers the implications of current developments in the provision of private higher education.  It concludes that private HE is a growing phenomenon, that can bring benefits to students, governments and society more widely, so long as measures are in place to ensure high quality.  However the current regulatory environment has…

  • University Governance: Questions for a new era

    31 March 2011 by Professor Malcolm Gillies

    This reports considers the question of university governance and suggests that fundamental changes are needed because the balance of interests in our universities is rapidly changing.  Students are increasingly taking  on the full costs of their education, the state is moving towards being a loan facility rather than a granting…

  • Higher Education Supply and Demand to 2020

    2 February 2011 by Robbie Coleman and Bahram Bekhradnia

    This is the sixth report on demand for higher education that HEPI has published, updated each year in the light of the most recent information. The previous report considered the extent of latent demand from under-represented groups – particularly males and disadvantaged social groups, as well as regional variations. It also showed…

  • The government’s proposals for higher education funding and student finance – an analysis

    11 November 2010 by John Thompson and Bahram Bekhradnia

    The government has recently announced its policy intentions towards higher education and student finance, in response to the Browne Review’s recommendations.  In this report we first provide a summary of the differences between the Browne Review and the government’s proposals. We then look at whether these proposals meet the two…

  • The Independent Review of Higher Education Funding: an analysis

    15 October 2010 by John Thompson and Bahram Bekhradnia

    The Independent Review of Higher Education and Student Finance, by Lord Browne, was published earlier this week.  This report is HEPI’s response to the proposals. A new version of the report was uploaded on 19 October 2010.