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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.)

  • Male and female participation and progression in Higher Education: further analysis

    4 July 2010 by John Thompson and Bahram Bekhradnia

    This report supplements the research published by HEPI in June 2009 on “Male and female participation and progression in Higher Education”. It is in two parts. The first part provides further information on the employment outcomes of graduates, using more up-to-date data than was available when the original report was…

  • Comparability of degree standards?

    3 June 2010 by Roger Brown

    This report discusses the issues involved in comparability of degree standards. It is in two parts. Part 1 begins by outlining the means by which individual universities and colleges and the academic community collectively protect the standards of UK degrees. It then describes the historical attachment to comparability and the…

  • Funding selectivity, concentration and excellence – how good is the UK’s research?

    25 March 2010 by Jonathan Adams and Karen Gurney

    This report assesses the strength of the UK’s research base, and at a high level examines how that strength is distributed between institutions. It concludes that a very small number of institutions and individuals within them produce the truly exceptional research that puts the UK among the world’s leaders in…

  • Postgraduate education in the UK

    21 January 2010 by Ginevra House

    In 2004 HEPI produced a report reviewing the extent and nature of postgraduate education. The present report updates the 2004 study and looks in more depth at a number of issues: Nature of postgraduate education Students – current numbers, profile and trends Institutional differences and regional disparities Costs and benefits of postgraduate…

  • Oxford and Cambridge – how different are they?

    19 November 2009 by Juliet Chester and Bahram Bekhradnia

    This study  looks at Oxford and Cambridge universities and considers the extent to which they are distinctive compared to the rest of the UK higher education sector. It looks at the nature of their undergraduate student bodies, the outcomes of their teaching, the extent and quality of the research done…

  • Proposals for the Research Excellence Framework – a critique

    15 October 2009 by Bahram Bekhradnia

    The UK higher education funding bodies have published their proposals for the design and conduct of the Research Excellence Framework (REF), which will replace the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) as the method by which research will be assessed for the purpose of the allocation of their research funds. This paper…

  • Vouchers as a mechanism for funding higher education

    24 September 2009 by Bahram Bekhradnia and William Massy

    There has been continuing interest in the use of vouchers as a mechanism for funding higher education institutions.  In this report, HEPI analyses the pros and cons of vouchers, and looks at the implementation of voucher systems elsewhere in the world.

  • Male and female participation and progression in Higher Education

    5 June 2009 by John Thompson and Bahram Bekhradnia

    This report analyses the differences in the participation of men and women in higher education, and in their success when there. It shows that on virtually all measures women outperform men, and it discussses some of the possible causes for this and the implications. An annex to this report was published on…

  • The Role of the Market in Higher Education

    18 March 2009 by Professor Roger Brown and Professor Sir Peter Scott

    Leading HE experts Professor Roger Brown and Professor Sir Peter Scott, Vice-Chancellor of Kingston University, present two contrasting views on the role of the market in higher education. This report has been produced in partnership with the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, as part of their fifth birthday celebrations.