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).

Keeping informed

Register here to join the  HEPN network.

We also produce a weekly Policy Briefing which summarises what’s going on in the higher education policy world each week.

Register Here for the Policy Briefing.

Past Events

Our most recent speakers were Professor Kathryn Ecclestone, Visiting Professor of Education at the University of Sheffield, Professor Jacqueline Stevenson, Head of Research at the Sheffield Institute of Education at Sheffield Hallam University and Mayeda Tayyab, Women’s Officer at the University of Sheffield Students’ Union. 

Previously we have had talks from The Rt Hon. Lord David WillettsPaul Blomfield MP, 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. Slides for the talks, if available, can be found in the HEPN Event Archive, (from the link in the right hand box).