Higher Education Policy Network (HEPN)

Welcome to the HEPN web pages.  The Network has been created for University staff to engage with the intellectual, professional and public debates about topical policy issues in higher education, through a seminar series with invited speakers and network meetings. 

The Network meets quarterly throughout the year - some meetings include speakers (both internal and external to the University), others may be held on an occasional basis to enable forum members to discuss topical issues.  A members' mailing list has been created to support and engage the network between meetings.  More information about the purpose of the Network can be found in the notes of the first meeting (from the link in the right hand box).

2017 Programme

Monday 27 February 2017 – David Palfreyman
Venue: Inox Suites, Level 5, Students’ Union Building
Chair: Professor Shearer West, Provost & Deputy Vice-Chancellor

We are pleased to announce that David Palfreyman will be visiting the University to speak to the Network.  David Palfreyman is the Bursar and a Fellow of New College, University of Oxford. He is also the Director of the Oxford Centre for Higher Education Policy Studies (oxcheps.new.ox.ac.uk). David's recent publications include: 'The Oxford Tutorial' (2008, Peking University Press Chinese edition, 2010); ‘Structuring Mass Higher Education: The Role of Elite Institutions’ (2009); 'The Collegial Tradition in the Age of Mass Higher Education' (2010); 'Oxford: the Collegiate University' (2011); 'London's Livery Companies' (2010); 'London's Inns of Court' (2011); 'The Law of Higher Education' (2012, Oxford University Press).  His latest book is 'Reshaping the University: The Rise of the Regulated Market in Higher Education' (OUP). David's next publication will be 'The University' in the OUP 'Very Short Introduction' series.

Information on future events will be posted here as soon as they have been confirmed

Past Events

We recently hosted Vivienne Stern, Director of Universities UK International (UUKi), Professor Peter Scott, Professor of Higher Education Studies at the UCL Institute of Education, Aaron Porter, previous NUS President, Professor Les Ebdon, Director of OFFA, Paul Clark, Chief Executive of the Higher Education Statistics Agency. In 2015 we also hosted Mario Ferelli, Director of Analytical Services at the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and Professor Jayne Mitchell, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Bishop Grosseteste University. The slides for these talks are available as a download via the right hand box on this page. 

Be the first to hear about our next event by joining the HEPN Mailing list.  To join, please contact Angela.