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Welcome to our News section. Here you will find details of all our latest activities and events as well as an archive of our past news.

  • 13.02. 2018

    Disappearing part-time and mature students: time for change

    Professor Julie Lydon Vice-Chancellor University of South Wales has written about the problem we are so acutely aware of and makes some useful suggestions for addressing this issue.

  • 31.01. 2018

    Universities must revisit BTECs as a route to higher education

    Gabriel Huntley authored this University Alliance, Pearson and The Social Market Foundation report about vocational routes to higher education.

  • 12.01. 2018

    HEPI research suggests levels of independent study are more important than contact hours

    In 'What affects how much students learn?' -HEPI Policy Note 5, Professor Tim Blackman, the Vice-Chancellor of Middlesex University, undertakes new analysis of the annual Student Academic Experience Survey

  • 28.12. 2017

    National Student Survey: Procedures for investigating allegations of inappropriate influence on surv

    The National Student Survey (NSS) collects data about student experiences of their higher education course and is a valuable source of information for both institutions and for prospective students

  • 09.12. 2017

    The higher education market—National Audit Office

    Only 32% of higher education students consider their course offers value for money, and competition between providers to drive improvements on price and quality has yet to prove effective!

  • 28.11. 2017

    Higher level (4 and 5) Technical Education and Institutes of Technology

    DfE speakers Elisabeth Cuthbertson, Deputy Director,Skills Provider Base and Ian Caplan, Deputy Director, Skills Strategy & Adult Education Policy provided a presentation at the recent AOC conference see link below

  • 17.11. 2017

    It is time to tackle the part-time crisis

    HEPI leads the debate about the collapse in part-time higher education – and what to do about it – by the Vice-Chancellor of the UK’s largest university. Fixing the broken market in part-time study: Open University says part-time students ‘learning while earning’ needs direct funding A new report, Fixing the Broken Market in Part-Time Study, by The Open University, published on the website of the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI), says the collapse in part-time higher education is a symptom of a broken market.

  • 10.11. 2017

    Everything you need to know about T-Levels

    The Department for Education has confirmed its intention to conduct a review into higher level technical education. The review will look across Level 4 & 5 education, focusing on how technical qualifications at this level can better address the needs of learners and employers. The T-Level Action Plan sets out how the new qualifications will be developed and delivered. There are 15 routes, each of which is intended to ‘bring together related occupations in a particular sector’. Guidance on the 'work placement capacity and delivery fund' to support T-Levels

  • 17.10. 2017

    Alternative providers: debunking the myths

    This HEFCE Blog is about alternative providers (AP) and makes for interesting reading. Are there opportunities for collaboration? An AP is defined as any provider of higher education courses in the UK which: does not directly receive annual funding from HEFCE or its equivalent bodies in the devolved administrations does not receive direct annual public funding is not a FE college. The AP sector is an incredibly diverse part of HE. Some APs have several thousand students, and some of them have around 20. Some APs provide dozens of different courses, whereas others focus on a single area. Some focus mainly on specialist vocational qualifications, whereas some offer traditional graduate and post-graduate degrees. Much of what APs do challenges the traditional models of HE delivery.

  • 20.08. 2017

    Two-year accelerated degrees are on their way!

    The Telegraph article provides interesting summer holiday thinking. The model could be based on the established University of Buckingham programme, where students follow a four-term model with five weeks holiday at Christmas, two weeks at Easter, three weeks in the summer and two weeks holiday in September

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