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HEIR Network Annual Conference 2020 @ Brighton – COVID-19 update

Posted on Apr 17, 2020

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic we are adjusting some of the key dates in our conference timeline. Having considered current available information, the UK & Ireland HEIR Network and the Brighton Conference Planning Group will review the situation again at the end of May, by which point in time we will make a definitive decision on whether the conference will be able to continue as we had planned and hoped in Brighton in September 2020.

In light of the current situation we have also decided that, if we are be able to proceed, our conference theme, ‘Strengthening HE Futures’ should also now reflect the new challenges we have all been dealing with over the past few weeks and an additional strand to include ‘Learning from crises’, will be added to our event.

Thank you for bearing with us, and please keep checking our website for further updates.


Call for Papers Deadline: Friday 17 April 2020 now Friday 12 June 
Notification Date for Presenters: Friday 15 May 2020 now Wednesday 1 July 
Early Bird Booking Deadline: Friday 29 May 2020 now Wednesday 15 July  
Standard Rate Booking Deadline (for presenters): Friday 7 August 2020 

Standard Rate Booking Deadline (for delegates): Monday 31 August 2020 
Accommodation Booking Deadline: Thursday 3 September 2020
HEIR 2020 Event: Thursday 10 – Friday 11 September 2020

HEIR2020: Save the date!

Posted on Feb 16, 2020

HEIR Network Annual Conference – University of Brighton 2020

Institutional Research: Strengthening HE Futures

The Higher Education Institutional Research (HEIR) Network Annual Conference 2020 will be held at the University of Brighton from 10th-11th September 2020.

There will be three tracks running throughout the conference: 

·         Enhancing Learning Lives – using institutional research to drive improvements in student engagement and learning experiences.

·         Enriching Data Stories – transforming institutional research and data into insights and narratives to drive action.

·         Influencing Policy – using institutional research to inform and influence policy and strategy formation. 

Press Release – HEIR 2019 University of Wolverhampton

Posted on Sep 8, 2019

International event explores excellence in higher education
An international conference focused on the challenges facing the higher education sector is to be hosted by the University of Wolverhampton.  The Higher Education Institutional Research (HEIR) annual conference will take place on Thursday 12 and Friday 13 September 2019. The event will bring together people working in higher education institutions in the UK, Ireland and internationally. This year’s theme will focus on measuring excellence in higher education, and will include keynote speeches and workshops on a range of issues facing the sector. Professor Phil Gravestock and Professor Sarah Hayes from the University of Wolverhampton are the HEIR2019 Chairs. Phil said: “We are delighted to be hosting the 12th annual HEIR conference at the University of Wolverhampton. “We are looking forward to lively debates, challenges and exploring opportunities for collaboration. “The HEIR conference brings together a community of international higher education professionals with an interest in using or providing information and analysis to inform institutional planning, policy formation and decision-making. Their roles encompass institutional data and research that is used to inform decision-making in the areas of strategic planning, teaching and learning, quality, institutional performance and institutional effectiveness.” For further information about the event, visit: https://www.wlv.ac.uk/research/heir-conference-2019/

ENDS For more information please contact the Media Relations Office on 01902 32 2736 or 01902 518647.

Date Issued: Friday, 06 September 2019

HEIR 2019 Conference Programme

Posted on Aug 7, 2019

The #HEIR2019 conference programme is now available: 

There is still time to arrange to attend the Higher Education Institutional Research (HEIR) Conference: “Measuring Excellence” in Higher Education: Approaches and their Impact. This is taking place at City Campus, University of Wolverhampton from 11 – 13 September 2019.

There should be something for everyone, if you take a look at our Conference Programme

The presentations fall under the following themes:

  1. Defining and ‘measuring excellence’
  2. Critical learning and teaching environments
  3. Accountability, inclusivity & sustainability

HEIR 2019 Registration Open

Posted on Jul 15, 2019

Date: 11th– 13th September 2019

2019 HEIR Network Annual Conference – University of Wolverhampton

Measuring Excellence in Higher Education: Approaches and their Impact

Wednesday 11th September 2019

Evening Reception – free

All delegates who arrive on Wednesday 11th September are invited to a free evening reception

Day 1 – Thursday 12th September 2019

There will be a gala dinner on the evening of Thursday 12th September 2019

Day 2 – Friday 13th September 2019

Delegate Fees

  • Option 1 – 2 days including gala dinner: £385
  • Option 2 – 2 days, no dinner: £325
  • Option 3 – 1 day including gala dinner: £230
  • Option 4 – 1 day, no dinner: £170

Students / Seniors and Concessions

  • Option 5 – Students / seniors / concessions – 2 days including gala dinner: £285
  • Option 6 – Students / seniors / concessions – 2 days, no dinner: £225
  • Option 7 – Students / seniors / concessions – 1 day including gala dinner: £180
  • Option 8 – Students / seniors / concessions – 1 day, no dinner: £120

To register for the conference, please visit the University’s eStore at https://www.estore.wlv.ac.uk/product-catalogue/conferences-events/heir-conference-1213-september-2019.

For any queries, please contact: HEIR2019@wlv.ac.uk

HEIR 2019 Call for Submissions Now Open

Posted on Mar 12, 2019

Higher Education Institutional Research (HEIR) Conference 2019
“Measuring Excellence” in Higher Education: Approaches and their

HEIR 2019 takes place between 11 -13 September 2019, at the City Centre Campus, University of Wolverhampton.

The HEIR conference is an international event that attracts delegates from across the Higher Education sector including: students, teachers, researchers, managers, data practitioners and institutional experts, quality professionals,
educational developers, policy makers, digital service specialists, consultants, and all who share an interest in the future of education.
Further information is available on the HEIR Conference Website, including a Call forSubmissions in a variety of formats, for those who would like an opportunity to present under one of our 3 broad themes:

Defining and ‘measuring excellence’
Critical learning and teaching environments
Accountability, inclusivity & sustainability
If you would like to be considered, please submit a proposal here by 26 April 2019.
For all conference delegates who have successfully submitted a proposal there is also an opportunity to submit an article to be considered for a Special Issue of the Springer Journal: Postdigital Science and Education.

There will also be a workshop taking place during the HEIR Conference to
support students and staff in working on their articles.  

10th HEIR Opinion Piece Launched

Posted on Sep 5, 2018

The HEIR Network is very pleased to announce the publication of our latest Opinion Piece ‘Can Universities really be Learning Organisations?‘ by Nick Almond (University of the Arts London) and Penny Haughan (Liverpool Hope University).

As the Opinion Piece Series hits double figures, it is fitting that this contribution comes from the winners of our best paper award from the tenth HEIR conference at Robert Gordon University in 2017.

We look forward to seeing Nick and Penny, and our Network members, at HEIR 2018 in Dublin from 20-21 September 2018. Registration will remain open for a few more days for anyone who still wants to join us at RCSI.