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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.)

  • Mind the (Graduate Gender Pay) Gap

    12 November 2020 by Bethan Cornell, Rachel Hewitt and Bahram Bekhradnia

    This report looks at the scale of the gender pay gap between male and female graduates and the factors that may influence this. It finds the overall graduate gender pay gap is not wholly accounted for by subject of study, type of university attended, prior attainment, social background or ethnicity.…

  • Demand for Higher Education to 2035

    22 October 2020 by Rachel Hewitt

    This report is the latest in a series of HEPI reports on future demand for higher education, looking at demographics and participation rates to develop projections of demand for higher education to 2035. By looking across the UK, the report shows how patterns of demand could change over the next…

  • Annual Review, 2019/20

    25 September 2020 by Nick Hillman

    The Higher Education Policy Institute is a charity established in 2002 ‘to promote research into and understanding of all aspects of higher education and to disseminate the useful results of such research for the education of policy makers and the general public in the United Kingdom’. HEPI is funded by…

  • Student voters: Did they make a difference?

    17 September 2020 by Nick Hillman

    This short report looks more deeply into the question of whether student voters make a difference to UK election results by: taking the 25 constituencies with the highest proportion of full-time students – those where they are thought to make up more than 17.5 per cent of the electorate; considering…

  • HEPI Soft-Power Ranking 2020

    27 August 2020 by Nick Hillman

    The number of serving world leaders educated in another country is widely regarded as a proxy for ‘soft power’. When a country has educated a relatively high number of people who go on to lead their own countries, this is thought to reflect the influence of the host country and…

  • Student Accommodation: The Facts

    6 August 2020 by Sarah Jones and Martin Blakey

    This report provides:  some key definitions for the student accommodation sector in the UK;  a market overview; and  a number of policy options – these are not intended as a comprehensive menu for change, but explore some areas where future thoughts could be focussed and outcomes improved. 

  • Miseducation: decolonising curricula, culture and pedagogy in UK universities

    23 July 2020 by Mia Liyanage

    Decolonisation is rapidly becoming a familiar term in our higher education institutions. Students and activist groups have helped decolonisation move onto the national agenda, backed by recent worldwide events surrounding the Black Lives Matter movement. Despite its newfound popularity, there is still substantial disagreement and misunderstanding about what ‘decolonisation’ actually…

  • PhD students and their careers

    16 July 2020 by Bethan Cornell

    Key findings Most PhD students (88%) believe their doctorate will positively impact their career prospects. PhD students are almost equally more (33%) and less (32%) likely to pursue a research career after they started their PhD than before, with the majority stating academic (67%) research or research within industry (64%)…

  • UK Universities and China

    9 July 2020 by Michael Natzler

    UK Universities and China edited by Michael Natzler is a new collection of essays which provides an overview of the opportunities and challenges faced by higher education institutions engaging with China. The collection covers a wide range of issues from the importance of UK-China scientific research and the recruitment and…

  • Students’ views on the impact of Coronavirus on their higher education experience

    30 June 2020 by Rachel Hewitt

    Key findings: One-in-five students (19%) say they have had ‘very clear’ communications on Covid-19 from their higher education institutions (down from 31% in March). Two-thirds of students feel positive about the communications, three times higher than the proportion who feel negative – 66% say the communications are ‘very clear’ or…