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  • What are taxi drivers and hotel receptionists saying about access to higher education?

    7 October 2022 by Lucy Haire

    HEPI’s Director of Partnerships, Lucy Haire, reflects on party conference season. Tariq (not his real name), the Warrington taxi driver who drove me the final 20 miles of my journey blighted by multiple train cancellations from London to the recent Labour Party Conference in Liverpool, asked what brought me northwards.…

  • How are public perceptions of universities being shaped by campus visits?

    6 June 2022 by Lucy Haire

    On Thursday, 9 June 2022, HEPI will host its Annual Conference in central London. Titled ‘Challenges for the future?’, the day will include the launch of the Advance HE / HEPI 2022 Student Academic Experience Survey. Register here. Last bank holiday, I took my 13-year-old son to visit Royal Holloway, University of…

  • A Test of Spirit for English Higher Education

    7 March 2022 by Diana Beech

    This guest blog was kindly written by Dr Diana Beech, Chief Executive Officer of London Higher – the representative body for the UK’s largest regional higher education powerhouse in London. Diana was previously Policy Adviser to the last three Universities Ministers, and you can find her on Twitter at @dianajbeech. The…

  • Employability: A blog series

    4 March 2022 by Saskia Loer Hansen and Kathy Daniels

    The first in this weekly series of blogs on the issue of employability was written by Saskia Loer Hansen, Interim Vice Chancellor, and Professor Kathy Daniels, Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor, of Aston University. Proposals recently put forward by the Office for Students suggest minimum requirements that universities should meet to deliver positive outcomes…

  • Widening Access is Working: Why won’t we admit it?

    2 March 2022 by Graeme Atherton

    This blog was contributed by Professor Graeme Atherton, Director National Education Opportunities Network (NEON) and Head of Centre for Inequality and Levelling Up (CILUP), University of West London. UCAS’s recent end-of-cycle report showed that the number of students going to higher education from the country’s lowest-participation neighbourhoods has increased by more…

  • AI for HE: a student journey market map

    22 February 2022 by Mary Curnock Cook and Nic Newman

    Mary Curnock Cook, Network Chair, and Nic Newman, Partner, at edtech venture fund Emerge Education take a tour of AI tools currently available for universities, providing a ‘market map’ and emphasising the importance of data architecture to enable the adoption of AI solutions. The adoption of technology in higher education is changing…

  • How could admissions reform work in practice?

    8 April 2021 by Graeme Atherton

    This week, we are running a selection of chapters from HEPI’s recent collection of essays Where next for university admissions?‘ edited and introduced by Rachel Hewitt, HEPI’s Director of Policy and Advocacy. Yesterday we shared the chapter by Dr John Cater, Vice-Chancellor at Edge Hill University ‘Post qualification admissions: Should…

  • Post-qualification admissions and further education: the time is now

    23 March 2021 by Dr Ann Limb CBE DL

    This blog was kindly contributed by Dr Ann Limb CBE DL. Ann is a former FE College Principal and Founder of the Helena Kennedy Foundation. You can find Ann on Twitter @AnnLimb and the Helena Kennedy Foundation @TheHKF.   The Government’s consultation on moving to a system of post-qualification admissions…