HEIR Network

Higher Education Institutional Research Network

About Us

Who we are

The UK and Ireland Higher Education Institutional Research (HEIR) network was established to bring together institutional research (IR) enthusiasts and practitioners working in the UK and Irish 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 Planning Group that focuses on supporting the network through providing networking opportunities and organising annual conferences and smaller-scale one-day events.

What we do

The activities of the network are focused on achieving the following four objectives:

  1. 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
  2. To be a forum for discussion around contemporary issues and for sharing ideas, experiences, practices and solutions to issues and problems
  3. To inform HE policy and practice through engaging directly with policy-makers
  4. To work with other bodies to aiming to impact on HE policy and practice

So far, the network has organised ten successful conferences in Southampton (2008), Sheffield (2009), Dublin (2010), Kingston (2011), Liverpool (2012) Birmingham (2013) Oxford Brookes (2014), Paisley (2015), Liverpool John Moores University (2016) and Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen (2017) as well as day events on topics such as “Appreciative Inquiry” and “Engaging with the student experience through Institutional Research”.