Who we are
The UK and Ireland Higher Education Institutional Research (HEIR) network was established in 2008 to bring together institutional research (IR) enthusiasts and practitioners working in the UK and Ireland higher education sectors.
The HEIR network believes that IR is playing an increasingly important role in enhancing learning and teaching practice and providing timely and relevant evidence to aid management decision making at all levels within UK and Irish higher education institutions.
The network is coordinated by a voluntary Planning Group that focuses on supporting the network through providing networking opportunities and facilitating host institutions in organising the annual HEIR conference.
What we do
The activities of the network are focused on achieving the following four objectives:
To build an IR community in the UK and Ireland that can help individuals develop their knowledge and expertise and contribute to the building of capacity for IR across the sector
To be a forum for discussion around contemporary issues and for sharing ideas, experiences, practices and solutions to issues and problems
To inform HE policy and practice through engaging directly with policy-makers
To work with other bodies to aiming to impact on HE policy and practice
The network has organised fourteen successful conferences in Southampton (2008), Sheffield (2009), DCU, Dublin (2010), Kingston (2011), Liverpool (2012) Birmingham (2013) Oxford Brookes (2014), Paisley (2015), Liverpool John Moores University (2016), Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen (2017), the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) (2018), University of Wolverhampton (2019), University of Brighton (2020 online) and the University of St Andrews (2021 online), as well as new online lunchtime sessions on themes such as Monitoring and Evaluation of Access and Participation Plans, the Future of National Student Surveys and the methodology behind the compilation of the Guardian University Guide.