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Halpin Sector Report: UK Universities' Response to BLM

Nov 19, 2020
Halpin is delighted to today release the much-anticipated report: 'UK Universities' Response to Black Lives Matter.

GUEST POST Part 1: NSS is not fit for purpose - where did it go wrong?

Aug 27, 2020
As the sector becomes more reliant on the NSS results, the questions and concerns about the legitimacy or reliability of the NSS haven’t disappeared. In Part One, Eve Alcock discusses where it all went wrong.

GUEST POST Part 2: NSS is not fit for purpose - how should we put it right?

Aug 27, 2020
In her previous post, Eve shared three major ways in which the NSS has gone wrong. Its narrow view of the student experience, its lack of interest in active dissatisfaction and the consequence of prioritising metrics over experiences make it clear that the NSS is not fit for purpose. So what do we do next?

Sam Gyimah joins Halpin as Senior Advisor

Jun 01, 2020
Halpin is pleased to announce Sam Gyimah has joined the team as a Senior Advisor.

Reinventing international higher education

May 05, 2020
Covid-19 has brought significant risks to international student mobility, but it also brings an opportunity to reinvent the business of international education. Dr Vicky Lewis discusses some of the ways that this could take place, based on issues raised at the 2020 International Higher Education Forum.

Interview: Risk & Student Experience with Shakira Martin

Apr 02, 2020
Shakira Martin is Head of Student Experience at Rose Bruford College. Before that, she was President of the National Union of Students UK. She’s also a Consulting Fellow for Halpin and a member of our Advisory Group. A few weeks ago Olivia Dunn caught up with her to ask her about risks within student experience. Here’s what she had to say.

Equality and diversity in Higher Education

Mar 06, 2020


It is well documented that an ethnically diverse higher education workforce positively affects the ability of institutions to deliver core services to a diverse student population.

In a survey conducted by the NUS on ‘Race for Equality’ (2011), on the experiences of Black students in further and higher education it highlighted that Black students want a more representative workforce, diverse teaching practices and more Black role models.

Many Black workers in higher education struggle to progress their career in the sector and there is extensive evidence that Black staff are unde...

The risks of a homogeneous team

Mar 05, 2020
If diversity and inclusion is the norm, then so too is discomfort and tension. But managed correctly, with common goals and open communication, this discomfort and tension is the key to progressive, exciting – perhaps even magical - teamwork.