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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.

  • The academic experience and outcomes of students with vocational level 3 qualifications

    2 October 2008 by Nick Bailey and Bahram Bekhradnia

    In January 2007 HEPI produced a report “Vocational A levels and university entry: is there parity of esteem?” that considered whether students with different level 3 qualifications progressed to higher education at different rates. The report concluded that students from vocational backgrounds as a whole were not underrepresented in higher…

  • Financial support in English universities: the case for a national bursary scheme

    18 September 2008 by Juliet Chester and Bahram Bekhradnia

    The introduction of variable fees for full-time Home and EU undergraduates in English universities has been accompanied by significant additional expenditure by universities on means-tested bursaries and on other financial aid for undergraduate students. However, this market is a highly distorted one, with serious consequences. This report therefore assesses the…

  • The Bologna process and the UK’s international student market

    22 May 2008 by James Cemmell and Bahram Bekhradnia

    This paper draws together several studies in order to consider the implication of the Bologna Process and the resultant reforms in other European higher education systems for the future of the UK as a destination for international students.

  • Funding higher fees: some implications of a rise in the fee cap

    3 April 2008 by Juliet Chester and Bahram Bekhradnia

    This report considers some of the implications of any rise in the maximum fee payable by full-time UK and EU undergraduates at English institutions without a commensurate increase in commitment of public expenditure by the Westminster Government. The purpose of the report is to explore the options that would be…

  • The Academic Experience of Students in English Universities (2007 report)

    25 September 2007 by Tom Sastry and Bahram Bekhradnia

    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 students in English universities retained as panellists in their database. The survey focused on various aspects of the amount of…

  • 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.