Higher Education Policy Network (HEPN)

Welcome to the HEPN web pages.  The Network has been created for anyone 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).

To join the network register here.

2017 and 2018 Programme

We are currently working on some exciting new events for 2017 and 2018.  We will update this page once events are confirmed and send out the registration information via the HEPN mailing list

Past Events

Our most recent speaker was Paul Blomfield MP. Previously we have had talks from 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. 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 the talks are available in the HEPN Event Archive, (from the link in the right hand box)