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 2 October 2017 - Paul Blomfield MP
Venue: Inox Suites, Level 5, Students’ Union Building
Chair:  TBC

We are pleased to announce that Paul Blomfield MP will be visiting the University to speak to the network about HE: The Insider View from Parliament, this will then be followed by a question and answer session. Please note that the talk will start at 4.15pm.

Paul Blomfield was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Sheffield Central in May 2010 and was recently re-elected with a 27,748 majority. He is a Shadow Minister for Exiting the European Union, with a brief that includes higher education, science and research, as well as free movement and EU nationals.

Paul worked at the University of Sheffield prior to his election and served as a Governor at Sheffield Hallam University. He represents both universities and has the highest number of students in any UK constituency – at more than 36,000. He is Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Students, which he set up in 2014.

More recently he set up the All-Party Parliamentary Group on International Students, with Lord Karan Bilimoria, which he co-chairs. Paul is also Secretary of the All-Party Parliamentary Universities Group and was a member of the Higher Education and Research Bill Committee. In 2015, he was voted ‘Most Inspiring Higher Education Leader’ in the Guardian University Awards.

Registration now open

Past Events

We recently hosted Neil Carberry, CBI Director of Education and Skills, Dr Dave Smith, Managing Director for the Sheffield City Region and Professor Richard Jones, Professor of Physics at the University of Sheffield. Previousl we have also had talks from Anne-Marie Canning, Director of Widening Participation at King’s College London and Dr Rachel van Duyvenbode, Senior University Teacher in the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics at the University of Sheffield, David Palfreyman, Bursar and a Fellow of New College, University of Oxford, 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. The slides for these talks are available in the HEPN Event Archive.

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