The Institute of Higher Education and Professional Insight

The world’s best creatives no longer want to work for just one company or in one office.

Ed Bussey (OS 1986), Founder of Quill

Skills for life and the global workplace

The mission of the Institute of Higher Education and Professional Insight is to develop and promote successful transition from school to university for our students, and from university to professional life, and beyond.


The school is committed to delivering a high quality and inspirational programme so that students are empowered to fulfil their potential. We make use of our global network of over 13,000 alumni to enable contact with leaders from business, education, STEM, the arts and media.


The workplace our students will be entering is unlikely to feature a long, single career. Priorities and technologies are changing and employees will have to adapt. They may need to pursue multiple careers, concurrently or consecutively, work remotely for a global company, or compete against the very best candidates from all around the world. So, we must equip them with the skills they need to do just that. Read more about Skills for the 2020 workplace.


In 2013 The Gatsby Charitable Foundation commissioned Sir John Holman - Emeritus Professor of Chemistry at the University of York, senior education adviser and former Headteacher - with setting out what good career guidance in England would be like. He identified eight benchmarks of good practice in school career guidance. The Institute of Higher Education and Professional Insight is informed by these eight benchmarks that identify different dimensions of good career guidance.


Read The Gatsby Report


Read about our Higher Education results