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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.)

  • Students or data subjects? What students think about university data security

    5 December 2019 by Rachel Hewitt and Michael Natzler

    Higher education institutions collect and hold huge amounts of data on students, whether for regulatory purposes or to gather information about students’ experiences. In this report we explore students views on data security, learning analytics and the information universities hold and share on students’ health and wellbeing.

  • 2019 Election Briefing

    20 November 2019 by Nick Hillman and Rachel Hewitt

    As the country prepares for its third general election in five years, this HEPI Policy Note provides a guide to some of the most important outstanding questions in higher education policy. It is aimed at general readers and specialists alike. HEPI is non-partisan and works with people across the political…

  • Student loans for those on long prison sentences

    24 October 2019 by Ruth McFarlane

    This report recommends that the Student Support Regulations for England and Wales should be amended to extend student loan eligibility to include people in prison who have more than six years to run on their sentence.

  • At what cost? Students’ views on Augar, funding and the cost of living

    10 October 2019 by Rachel Hewitt

    In this new Policy Note, Rachel Hewitt, HEPI Director of Policy and Advocacy, reports on the results of a new poll of students on Augar, funding and the cost of living. Key points: Students’ views are mixed between the current tuition fee model and Augar’s recommendation to lower fees: 40%…

  • The soft-power benefits of educating the world’s leaders

    5 September 2019 by Nick Hillman and Tom Huxley

    The soft-power benefits of educating the world’s leaders (Policy Note 16), shows the UK continues to fall behind the US when it comes to educating people who go on to lead their own countries.

  • University governance in a new age of regulation: A conversation between Professor Steven Jones and Nick Hillman, with a Foreword by Professor Michael Shattock

    29 August 2019 by Steven Jones, Nick Hillman and Michael Shattock

    This exchange about university governance by one academic governor and one lay governor considers: the balance between governors and managers; the disconnect between academics and governors; and • the changing demands on governors. A Foreword by Michael Shattock, the former Registrar of Warwick University and the co-author of The Governance of…

  • Two sides of the same coin? Brexit and future student demand

    8 August 2019 by Nick Hillman

    Two sides of the same coin? Brexit and student demand (HEPI Policy Note 15) contrasts two sources of information: the best available economic modelling, which forecasts a sharp drop in the number of students from other EU countries after Brexit, due to the ending of their loan entitlement and the…