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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.

  • 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…

  • Non-clinical researchers and clinical academics

    11 October 2005 by Tom Sastry

    A short paper prepared by HEPI in the course of its review of relations between the higher education sector and the NHS (published as “The Education and Training of Medical and Health Professionals in Higher Education Institutions” in November 2005). This paper feeds into the Department of Health consultation on…

  • Demand for Higher Education to 2015-16

    13 July 2005 by Bahram Bekhradnia

    An update to HEPI’s two previous reports projecting demand for higher education, this report extends the projections to 2015-16. It also contains an analysis of the implications of these revised figures, in particular for the Government’s 50% target for higher education participation.