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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.)

  • The Economic Costs and Benefits of International Students

    12 July 2007 by Phil Vickers and Bahram Bekhradnia

    This report examines the economic benefit the UK receives from the presence of international students and in the case of EU students compares these benefits with the substantial subsidy they receive from the UK taxpayer.

  • Demand for Higher Education to 2020 and beyond

    21 June 2007 by Bahram Bekhradnia

    This is the fourth report on demand for higher education that HEPI has published since 2003, updated each year in the light of the most recent information. Last year’s report extended the review to 2020. This year’s takes a first look beyond, to 2030. The purpose of the report is…

  • Higher Education, skills and employer engagement

    22 May 2007 by Tom Sastry and Bahram Bekhradnia

    This report deals with the practicalities and the implications of the 2006 Leitch report into adult skills and the Government’s proposals so far. It looks at elements of the emerging skills agenda – in particular, targeting older learners, employer engagement in higher education, and routes into HE for young learners…

  • Vocational A levels and university entry: is there parity of esteem?

    18 January 2007 by Phil Vickers and Bahram Bekhradnia

    This report considers the relationship between vocational and academic Level 3 qualifications, in particular whether vocational qualifications may be regarded as equivalent to academic qualifications as preparation for university study.

  • The Academic Experience of Students in English Universities (2006 report)

    31 October 2006 by Bahram Bekhradnia, Carolyn Whitnall and Tom Sastry

    In March 2006, with a grant generously provided by the Higher Education Academy, the Higher Education Policy Institute commissioned Opinionpanel Research to undertake a survey of first and second year full time undergraduate students in English universities. 23,000 students were asked about aspects of their university experience, including the amount…

  • How good is the UK research base?

    22 June 2006 by Jonathan Adams and Karen Gurney

    Conventional indicators of research performance provide a simple measure of the average performance of the national research base but no explanation of the distribution of quality. This report concerns a new way of looking at research quality by profiling that distribution and thereby gaining novel insights. A report carried out…

  • Using metrics to allocate research funds

    26 May 2006 by Tom Sastry and Bahram Bekhradnia

    The Government has announced its “firm intention” to discontinue the Research Assessment Exercise as the basis for allocating the research funds provided by HEFCE, and replacing it with ‘metrics’, based largely on the success of universities in securing external research income. This report analyses the financial and behavioural implications of…