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Living Black at University

May 13, 2021
Halpin was appointed by Unite Students in March 2021 to conduct an independent review of Black students' experience of accommodation, following an open and competitive tendering process. More info here.

Rethinking university internationalisation strategies: the EDI angle

May 12, 2021
Having reviewed 134 UK university strategic plans (all current in late 2020), Dr Vicky Lewis shares observations about the profile of EDI and global engagement.

New Global Strategies Report

Apr 27, 2021
Dr Vicky Lewis recently published a report on HEI internationalisation/global strategy. Read a summary here, where you'll also find links to the full report.

Interview: Compassionate Restructures

Mar 24, 2021

We are delighted that Michelle Leek (ML) has joined Halpin as a Consulting Fellow. Michelle specialises in strategic change project leadership delivery and is a Professor of Practice in People Growth & Culture. Until December 2020 she was Pro-Vice-Chancellor (People, Performance & Culture) at University of Cumbria. Halpin's Joint CEO Susie Hills (SH) caught up with her to talk about restructures... and to discuss if/how they can be more compassionate.

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Michelle Leek


SH: Universities have had to respond to the double challenge of Brexit and Covid and this has resulted in many institutions goin...

Reinventing the 'review'

Mar 05, 2021
Susie Hills says it’s time to dust off the art of the review, reinvent it and super-charge it for 2021. It’s time to develop review processes that are focused, effective, swift, compassionate and energising.

The educational fog

Feb 16, 2021
Finding your way through government policy towards education and more broadly is like trying to find your way around a city in thick fog without either a map or a compass. The latest FE White Paper is yet another that underlines this and mostly adds to the problem, says Tim Melville Ross CBE.

3 reasons why using a consultancy gets things done

Feb 12, 2021
There are three key reasons to bring in consultants who really understand the sector and what you need as an organisation. Shaun Horan explains.

Degree apprenticeships and technical education and training - here to stay?

Feb 09, 2021
It is clear that degree apprenticeships and technical education and training are here to stay as a key part of the employer and education landscape. Sara Doherty discusses.