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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.

  • Comparative Study of Higher Education Academic Staff Terms and Conditions 

    25 May 2023 by Emma Ogden

    The Higher Education Policy Institute is publishing a new report, Comparative Study of Higher Education Academic Staff Terms and Conditions, which was commissioned from SUMS Consulting ( The paper benchmarks the pay and benefits of academics based on the various drivers of ‘Good Work’ defined by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and…

  • Does the Lifelong Loan Entitlement meet its own objectives?

    11 May 2023 by Rose Stephenson

    The new Lifelong Loan Entitlement (LLE), due to start in 2025, is a major and positive improvement to how the student support system in England enables lifelong participation in higher education. It also has the prospect of commanding cross-party support, at least in broad design if not in the detail.…

  • The Humanities in the UK Today: What’s Going On?

    30 March 2023

    UK universities have, historically, been strong in the Humanities as well as other disciplinary areas. So the country is well-placed to benefit from the global shift towards interdisciplinary ways of working. This report looks at the current health of Humanities throughout the UK, in both teaching and research, and uncovers…

  • Turning Around a University: Lessons from personal experience

    16 March 2023 by Professor Susan Lea

    Changes to the UK higher education landscape since 2010 and a range of internal challenges had seen the University of Hull confront a position of considerable risk in around 2017. Yet the city of Hull and the wider region is precisely the sort of place that needs a resilient and…

  • The role of universities in driving overseas investment into UK Research and Development

    7 March 2023 by Dr Alexis Brown

    While universities already play an important role in attracting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) to the UK, there is a clear opportunity to expand and enhance this role through better collaboration between universities, local growth partners and government. This HEPI Report intends to begin a conversation – within universities and across…

  • Where do we go from here? Quality assurance in English higher education

    16 February 2023 by Andrew Boggs

    After March 2023, the UK-wide Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) will stop being the Designated Quality Body for English higher education, as the QAA wants to avoid losing its registration with the European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education. In Where do we go from here? Quality assurance in English higher education (Policy…

  • Public Attitudes to Higher Education Survey 2022

    2 February 2023

    The UPP Foundation and HEPI commissioned Public First to run the polling and analysis for this report. (The previous iteration, ran in 2021, can be found here.) Public First polled 1,994 adults over the age of 18 in England between from 26 to 31 of August 2022. The polling sample and…