The Higher Education Policy Institute and Higher Education Academy (HEPI-HEA) Student Academic Experience Survey has been running since 2006 and is now a fixture in the policy landscape. Its focus on what students get how hard they work and what they think of their experience makes it even more useful at a time of high fees and difficult budget decisions. Even if higher education is not the hot political topic that it was when the fee cap was dramatically raised in 2012 there are still many issues to resolve and decisions to make.
The survey was conducted in February and March 2015 by YouthSight using their ‘Student Panel’. With 15 129 responses the survey provides a rich picture of full-time undergraduate education and – a mark of good research of this kind – raises more questions than it answers.