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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.)

  • Thirty years on: Leadership convergence between newer and older universities

    22 September 2022 by Rohan Selva-Radov

    In May 2022, HEPI published Policy Note 34, Digging in? The changing tenure of UK vice-chancellors, measuring the lengths of tenure of vice-chancellors at long-standing UK universities. The year 2022 marks the thirtieth anniversary of the passage of the Further and Higher Education Act (1992), which granted university status to then…

  • Research Evaluation: Past, present and future

    1 September 2022 by Dr Laura Brassington (editor)

    On the back of REF 2021, this collection brings together a wide range of authors to consider what has worked well in evaluation of UK research, what could have worked better and where we should go from here. The collection has been edited by Dr Laura Brassington and the chapters…

  • Why University Governors Should Do More to Protect Academic Quality

    14 July 2022 by Dr Alex Bols

    A new report from the Higher Education Policy Institute, Why it is time for university governors to do more on academic quality (HEPI Policy Note 36), notes the growing responsibility that boards of higher education institutions have on issues of academic quality. The report, which focuses mainly on England, calls on governors…

  • Gypsies, Roma and Travellers: The ethnic minorities most excluded from UK education

    7 July 2022 by Dr Laura Brassington

    Gypsies, Roma and Travellers (GRT) are the lowest achieving ethnic groupings in the UK education system, with stark disparities in attainment apparent from early years education through to higher education. This new report looks at the reasons behind poor educational outcomes; considers the issues faced by GRT students in higher…

  • Digging in? The changing tenure of UK vice-chancellors

    26 May 2022 by Nick Hillman

    The Higher Education Policy Institute (, with support from executive search firm GatenbySanderson, has published a new paper on the changing tenure of UK university vice-chancellors over the past half a century.

  • Holding Talent Back? What is next for the future of Level 3?

    28 April 2022

    In this collection, different experts from a range of backgrounds consider the current plan to defund many BTECs and other popular Level 3 Applied General qualifications. Together, the chapters argue this could close off a useful and proven route for students from a wide range of backgrounds, including for those…