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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.)

  • 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…

  • Demand for HE to 2020

    21 March 2006 by Bahram Bekhradnia

    In 2005 HEPI published a report “Demand for Higher Education to 2015-16”, using the same methodology that had been used in previous years to produce projections of demand to 2010, and extending this with a tentative look to 2015. This present report refines and extends the projection further, and looks…