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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.)

  • Getting on: graduate employment and its influence on UK higher education

    5 March 2020 by Rachel Hewitt

    In recent years there has been an increased focus on students’ transitions out of university and into the workplace. Policy changes have included the development of the Teaching Excellence Framework, the new Graduate Outcomes survey and the tracking of graduate salaries through the Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset. This report examines…

  • Making Universities Matter: How higher education can help to heal a divided Britain

    27 February 2020 by Natalie Day, Chris Husbands and Bob Kerslake

    The General Election of December 2019 ended the political gridlock of the previous three years. The question of whether we remained in or left the European Union was definitively settled, and not in the way universities had hoped. In this report, the authors call for fundamental change. Now, they argue,…

  • What affects student wellbeing?

    13 February 2020 by Tim Blackman

    The key findings in What affects student wellbeing? (HEPI Policy Note 21) include: a relationship between ethnic identity and dissatisfaction with life, with life satisfaction scores of under 7 (on a 0-to-10 scale) varying from 42% among Bangladeshi students to 28% among White students a similar relationship between ethnic identity and anxiety,…

  • Unheard: the voices of part-time adult learners

    6 February 2020 by John Butcher

    In this paper, John Butcher challenges policymakers and the English higher education sector to act urgently to address the decline in part-time higher education. Although the drop in part-time student numbers has been well-reported in a series of quantitative studies, the problem persists. The dramatic reduction in part-time learners disproportionately…

  • Social Mobility and Higher Education: Are grammar schools the answer?

    23 January 2020 by John Furlong and Ingrid Lunt

    HEPI’s last foray into the debate on academic selection suggested grammar schools are successful in helping their poorer pupils reach highly-selective universities. In this response, a diverse set of voices use the latest evidence to challenge the idea that grammar school systems serve pupils better than comprehensive schools. This collection…

  • A Languages Crisis?

    9 January 2020 by Megan Bowler

    This paper takes stock of the state of language learning in the UK, as the country teeters on the edge of Brexit and becomes used to being led by the first Prime Minister in over 50 years to have studied Languages at university. The author, Megan Bowler, a Classics student…

  • Social mobility and elite universities

    12 December 2019 by Lee Elliot Major and Pallavi Amitava Banerjee

    Much of the heavy lifting on widening participation in higher education to date has been undertaken by newer and less selective higher education institutions. The access challenge therefore remains greater at more selective institutions. They could learn from the best practice that exists in less selective universities. It will take…

  • 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.