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

Thursday 22 June 2017 – Industrial Strategy and the North
Venue: Inox Suites, Level 5, Students’ Union Building
Chair: Professor Dave Petley, Vice President for Research and Innovation

We are pleased to announce that the guest speaker is Neil Carberry, CBI Director of Education and Skills. The theme will cover the Industrial Strategy and the North. Other speakers to be confirmed.

The University of Sheffield as a research-intensive UK university is working in new ways with industry and transforming the model of how universities can be central to productivity and inward investment.

We have set out our views on what makes a successful industrial strategy in How Things Are Made, which we will launch at the event.

To register for the event please click here.

Biography - Neil Carberry

Neil is CBI Director for People and Skills Neil's role is to set out a framework to make the UK a great place to invest and create jobs. His team campaigns on behalf of CBI members on labour market and skills issues, including employment law, employee relations, equality and diversity, pay, pensions, education, skills and in-work learning, immigration, health and safety, and human rights.

Neil is a member of the council of ACAS and of the Low Pay Commission, which makes recommendations about the level of the National Minimum Wage. He is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD.

Before becoming director, Neil spent four years as Head of Employment and Pensions Policy and he has previously worked in the CBI's public services team as Head of Public Procurement. Neil joined the CBI in 2004, after completing a postgraduate degree at the London School of Economics in industrial relations. Before this, he worked as an HR consultant for a number of major financial institutions.

Upcoming events

We are currently working on the October event and will let you know the dates as soon as they are confirmed.  More information about the events will be added here.

Past Events

We recently hosted 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. 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 in the HEPN Event Archive 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.