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Martin, Iain – Higher Education Policy Institute, 2018
In this new Policy Note, Professor Iain Martin, Vice Chancellor at Anglia Ruskin University, looks at each university's success in widening participation and ensuring access to people from all backgrounds. Professor Martin proposes a new measure of equity in participation, which demonstrates graphically the most equal -- and most unequal -- higher…
Descriptors: Benchmarking, Higher Education, Access to Education, Colleges
Blackman, Tim – Higher Education Policy Institute, 2018
The Student Academic Experience Survey conducted by the Higher Education Policy Institute and the Higher Education Academy has been running since 2006. The 2017 survey included a new question on self-reported learning gain: 'Since starting your course how much do you feel you have learnt?' Respondents could answer that they had learned 'a lot', 'a…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Educational Quality, Teacher Competencies, Independent Study
Beech, Diana – Higher Education Policy Institute, 2018
At the start of 2018, the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) was approached by the parliamentary Joint Committee for Human Rights (JCHR) to conduct an independent piece of research into the efficacy of university codes of practice on freedom of speech. The research formed part of the evidence base for the JCHR's 2017/18 inquiry into whether…
Descriptors: Moral Values, Freedom of Speech, Universities, Foreign Countries
Hillman, Nick – Higher Education Policy Institute, 2018
HEPI's response to the Review of Post-18 Education and Funding covers the following 10 areas: (1) Part-time learners; (2) Differential fees; (3) Maintenance grants; (4) Mixed funding model; (5) Uses of tuition fees; (6) Misunderstanding among applicants; (7) Outreach versus spending on bursaries; (8) Accounting treatment of student loans; (9)…
Descriptors: Part Time Students, Fees, Grants, Financial Support
Usher, Alex; Burroughs, Robert – Higher Education Policy Institute, 2018
This Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) report focuses on international higher education financing, discussing the concept of 'targeted free tuition' -- the idea that, while tuition fees backed by income-contingent loans can improve access, they still do not do enough to help people from the very poorest households, who are typically the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Tuition, Undergraduate Students, Public Colleges
Rich, Johnny – Higher Education Policy Institute, 2018
The English tuition fee system is designed to be progressive and to ensure that higher education is well funded. As the Government considers how it could be improved, many former detractors are recognising we could do far worse and fear change. This paper proposes a solution comprising three interdependent policy changes without a significant…
Descriptors: Financial Support, Higher Education, Debt (Financial), Labor Market
Day, Mike; Dickinson, Jim – Higher Education Policy Institute, 2018
In this report, Mike Day and Jim Dickinson look at the past, present and future of student unions. Although almost every university has a students' union, there is little research or reliable data on their form, role or successes. They are often seen and judged through a 'student politics' lens and face criticism for being too radical, not radical…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Unions, Educational History, Educational Trends
Maguire, David; Morris, David – Higher Education Policy Institute, 2018
The vast majority of students in the UK experience higher education on a residential basis: they move away from home to study. But, for a significant minority of students, higher education is experienced differently. Around one-quarter of students live at home and commute to study, and in some parts of the country and at some institutions the…
Descriptors: Commuting Students, Student Experience, Foreign Countries, College Students
Davies, Sarah; Mullan, Joel; Feldman, Paul – Higher Education Policy Institute, 2017
Learning and teaching practices within higher education have changed surprisingly little over the last 20 years. Other sectors, such as banking, music and publishing, have been turned upside down by digital technology, but the UK's research and education sector has yet to fully exploit the potential of new technologies. Pockets of innovation are…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Higher Education, Foreign Countries
Fielden, John; Middlehurst, Robin – Higher Education Policy Institute, 2017
In this HEPI paper, two authors with considerable expertise in evaluating higher education systems around the world assess higher education institutions that are not funded directly by taxpayers--known in the UK as alternative providers. Since the start of the century, alternative providers have been growing rapidly. This raises a number of…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Private Education, Institutional Characteristics, Access to Education
Kelly, Scott – Higher Education Policy Institute, 2017
The dramatic rise in the number of university students holding BTECs [Business and Technology Education Councils] raises important questions about the purpose of the qualification and whether it should be treated by policymakers as part of an academic or vocational pathway. Scott Kelly discusses these issues and makes a number of recommendations…
Descriptors: Qualifications, Academic Standards, Student Characteristics, Enrollment Rate
Hillman, Nick – Higher Education Policy Institute, 2017
This Policy Briefing Note questions the Office for Budget Responsibility's (OBR's) predictions of future student numbers. OBR's forecasts feed into the country's economic planning on things like levels of borrowing, which in turn affects the room for manoeuvre that policymakers feel they have. This Policy Briefing Note provides examples of OBR's…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Finance, Budgeting, Economic Climate
Seldon, Anthony; Martin, Alan – Higher Education Policy Institute, 2017
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 mental wellbeing. Exploring…
Descriptors: Universities, Student Adjustment, Foreign Countries, Mental Health
Darian, Louisa – Higher Education Policy Institute, 2016
The Government is committed to introducing a Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) to assess the quality of teaching and learning in higher education. Designing the right solution is challenging. There is no off-the-shelf solution from other countries that we can lift. But we can learn lessons from other sectors. This pamphlet explores rating…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Quality Assurance, Educational Quality, Benchmarking
Hillman, Nick; Robinson, Nicholas – Higher Education Policy Institute, 2016
Young men are significantly less likely to enter higher education than young women, and they are also more likely to drop out and less likely to achieve a highly-graded degree. There are many causes and the disparity in educational achievement starts long before higher education. Yet, while this issue is better understood than it was, there has…
Descriptors: Males, College Students, Underachievement, Gender Differences
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