To my surprise, our recent paper on the new Welsh student funding system has proved more controversial than anything HEPI has published since our 2016 paper on male underachievement.
People seemed to find it helpful when we responded to the critique we received for Boys to Men. So I shall try to respond in a similar fashion to the criticisms directed at our paper on Wales.
But first a word on why we undertook the project. It has been suggested that evaluating the new Welsh student support system is not really necessary because it is based on a long and detailed consultation exercise.