UPP renews partnership with HEPI for fourth year

We are delighted to be partnering with the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) once again, taking UPP’s partnership with the higher education (HE) think tank into its fourth year.

As the UK’s leading independent think tank devoted to HE, our partnership will continue to allow us to have privileged access to HEPI’s high-quality information and advice, as well as opportunities to engage directly with the people associated with the Institute.

In the past, this partnership has proved to be hugely beneficial and led to several successful joint events, reports and roundtable seminars such as last year’s ‘Industrial Strategy: How can universities become regional hubs for growth?’

This year Jon Wakeford, UPP’s Group Director of Strategy and Communications, provided the opening speech at HEPI’s annual conference which was sponsored by UPP. The theme of the conference was ‘From Funding to Fining: Universities in the new age of regulation’ and was followed by a keynote address from the Minister for Universities and Science, Sam Gyimah.

This partnership also means we are, for the fourth year, jointly hosting a series of roundtable seminars at both the Labour and Conservative Party conferences. The focus of this year’s roundtable is supported by a jointly-produced report into student retention, with reference to the ‘sticky campus’ concept, drawing on 10 years’ worth of data from the annual HEPI/HEA Student Academic Experience Survey.

As in previous years, these roundtables will provide a unique opportunity for various HE stakeholders and policy makers to come together and have important conversations about the future of the sector.