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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.)

  • A Guide to UK League Tables in Higher Education

    4 January 2018 by Sally Turnbull

    This HEPI report looks under the bonnet of the three main UK league tables – The Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide, the Guardian University Guide and the Complete University Guide. Intended as a reference tool for governors, managers and policymakers, it reveals how the wealth of data is…

  • A Brexit Youthquake

    18 December 2017 by Jane Mackey, YouthSight Research Manager, and Nick Hillman, HEPI Director

    In A Brexit Youthquake?, HEPI and Youthsight report on the results of a new poll on of students on their current political views, voting intentions and opinions about Brexit. Key points: Most students (62%) want a second referendum on the nal Brexit deal Support for Labour among students has grown…

  • Why the OBR’s forecasts on students must improve

    1 December 2017 by Nick Hillman

    In this Policy Briefing Note, Why the OBR’s forecasts on students must improve, we question the Office for Budget Responsibility’s predictions of future student numbers.

  • How much is too much? Cross-subsidies from teaching to research in British universities

    9 November 2017 by Vicky Olive

    More than a decade ago, the UK Government committed to fund the full economic cost of publicly- funded research. Initially, some progress was made. But since austerity began to bite, we have been moving backwards. Under three-quarters of the true costs of UK research are covered from funds designated for research.…

  • Going for Gold: Lessons from the TEF provider submissions

    19 October 2017 by Diana Beech

    HEPI report 99 – Going for Gold: Lessons from the TEF provider submissions – provides the first detailed analysis of the information submitted by universities for the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). In the report, Diana Beech, HEPI Director of Policy and Advocacy, asks which features of the provider submissions – themes,…

  • The Positive and Mindful University

    21 September 2017 by Anthony Seldon and Alan Martin

    In this HEPI Occasional Paper, Sir Anthony Seldon and Dr Alan Martin explore the concept of a ‘positive university’ by looking at the approaches used by positive psychology and mindfulness. With increasing concern about the health of students and staff, this report considers the importance of a proactive approach to…

  • A crisis in the creative arts in the UK?

    7 September 2017 by John Last

    Recent debates have focused on the direct economic returns of obtaining a degree – and certain degrees in particular. Taking one county as an example, this report by the Vice-Chancellor of Norwich University of the Arts, Professor John Last, reveals the knock-on effect for the options available in schools. In…

  • Where next for widening participation and fair access? New insights from leading thinkers

    14 August 2017 by Edited by Nick Hillman

    The Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) and the social mobility charity Brightside are jointly publishing a collection of essays by senior higher education figures entitled Where next for widening participation and fair access? New insights from leading thinkers. Contributors include: Kirsty Williams AM, the Cabinet Secretary for Education in the…

  • REALITY CHECK: A report on university applicants’ attitudes and perceptions

    4 July 2017

    Since 2006, HEPI has run the Student Academic Experience Survey, generally in conjunction with the Higher Education Academy. This shows a big gap between students’ prior expectations and their time in higher education. It also shows the degree to which prior expectations are met explains students’ perceptions of value for money and…