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Rachel Hewitt

Director of Policy and Advocacy
The Higher Education Policy Institute (Confirmed)

Rachel joined HEPI in November 2018, as Director of Policy and Advocacy and has written about a wide variety of HE policy issues, including the financial stability of universities and the well-being of staff. Prior to joining HEPI, Rachel held a number of roles at the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), focused on data policy and governance and gathering requirements for information that could be met from HESA data. Rachel also lead on the review of data on graduate destinations and designed and implemented the new Graduate Outcomes survey. Rachel is a graduate of the University of Bath, where she also briefly worked with the careers department.

  • Discussing the potential outcomes and implications of the Augar review – how the proposals may affect access, the skills gap, and the quality of research
  • Deliberating the possibility of direct funding and other alternatives in the face of decreased fees
  • Understanding the best way to measure value for money in order to focus on funding for outcomes
  • Considering the changes in funding in relation to those from non-traditional and underrepresented backgrounds