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news posts from April 2018

  • 22.01. 2018

    The case for a major review of higher education

    Aaron Porter has described the HE landscape since the 2012 reforms and suggests areas of focus for the forthcoming parliamentary review.

  • 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

  • 13.12. 2017

    Accelerated Degree Postings

    Further details have been released on accelerated degrees-read on

  • 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

  • 04.11. 2017

    Degree apprenticeships HEFCE update

    In the link below universities and colleges can find out more about support for degree apprenticeships and what changes to policy might mean for them The Government aims to support 3 million new apprenticeship starts by the end of this parliament.

  • 26.10. 2017

    OFFA calls for fundamental changes in widening participation

    The Office for Fair Access has today called on universities and colleges to make fundamental changes in their approaches to widening participation to bring about a step change in access to higher education. A new report, commissioned by OFFA and authored by Professor Liz Thomas, encourages universities and colleges to take a ‘whole institution approach’ to widening participation – embedding fair access at all levels, engaging across all areas of work and including senior management. The report includes evidence and case studies, plus an evaluation tool to help universities and colleges understand how to develop and sustain a whole institution approach in their own individual contexts.

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