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Higher Education Institutional Research Network

HEIR Updates

HEIR 2021 – date for your diary

Posted on Jan 13, 2021

The University of St Andrews is delighted to be hosting the Higher Education Institutional Research (HEIR) Network 2021 annual conference.  The conference will be held virtually between Wednesday 22nd and Friday 24th September 2021.  The theme of the 2021 HEIR conference will be Inclusive Institutional Research.  The conference will explore wide-ranging ways in which institutional research can lead to inclusive practices across the sphere of HE activities.

FREE HEIR ONLINE EVENT Meeting the Office for Students (OfS) Access and Participation Plan (APP) Monitoring Return

Posted on Jan 13, 2021

Meeting the Office for Students (OfS) Access and Participation Plan (APP) Monitoring Return 

Friday 26 February 2021 – 12:00 – 14:00
With invited speaker:
Chris Millward, Director for Fair Access and Participation
Office for Students (OfS)

THE HEIR Network is hosting a free online session in February aimed at those responsible for providing evidence of impact for matters of HE access and participation. Providers in England are required to produce impact reports to the Office for Students (OfS) and the new guidance will be a focal point of discussion.  Participants will discuss their experiences of fulfilling different requirements for compiling evidence to demonstrate effective access and success, both within the HE systems of different countries and under previous governance arrangements, and consider whether these are applicable to the new requirements. 

After a scene-setting summary of the new requirements, the event will seek to answer more detailed questions, including: 

  • To what extent does the impact report require an IR approach?
  • Which quantitative data sources can support compilation of impact reports?
  • What analysis have institutions performed to understand the impact that COVID19 has had on learning and teaching?
  • How can respondents engage their students to independently prepare their written submission?
  • What challenges are universities experiences, and how can this be overcome and communicated to the OfS?

Update to HEIR Planning Group

Posted on Jan 13, 2021

After 3 years in the Chair keeping the HEIR Network active and delivering numerous successful annual conferences, Marthie Cronje (Head of Data Analytics & Insight at Southampton University) has stepped down from Chairing the Network Planning Group.

Thankfully though she has agreed to remain an active member of the Group so that the new Co-Chairs, Rachel Bowden (University of Brighton) and Matt Hiely-Rayner (Bucks New University) can benefit from her many years of experience.  On behalf of the Network Planning Group and all members of the HEIR Network, thank you Marthie, for all your leadership and hard work in supporting and developing the Network over so many years.    

Matt and Rachel, with the help of all the other members of the Planning Group, are now looking forward to taking the Network forwards, maintaining the key event in the HEIR Network’s calendar: that of the annual conference (read on for more information on that) and developing more new opportunities for Network members to meet, share ideas and knowledge and help and support IR colleagues across the UK and Ireland.   

As a first step, and building on the lessons learnt from delivering the annual conference online for the first time in September, we will be hosting a free lunchtime online session in February.  More details below.  It would be lovely to see as many of you as possible for what we hope will not only be an informative and useful event but also the first of more to come from the HEIR Network.   

Please check out our website for more information on the Planning Group http://www.heirnetwork.org.uk/about-heir/planning-group/ as well as past and future events.  

The Network Planning Group will be reviewing membership and roles and responsibilities over the next month or two so further information will follow on who we are, what we each do and how you can get more involved.   http://www.heirnetwork.org.uk/events/

Keynote speakers HEIR 2020

Posted on Jul 7, 2020

The conference includes four influential keynote speakers; Professor Sir Chris Husbands, Eliza Kozman, David Kernohan, and Nona McDuff; all experts in their field, ready to share their knowledge and insights on the current issues facing the sector and how we can effectively respond. In addition, there will be a range of relevant breakout sessions throughout the event, delivered by inspiring HE professionals and academics.

Rachel Bowden, Head of the University of Brighton’s Evaluation and Policy Department and Chair of HEIR2020 Planning Group, said:

 “I am absolutely delighted that the University of Brighton is still able to host this important annual conference now in a new online format. This virtual event will make it easy for both HE professional service staff and academics to share fresh insights and good practice in the current climate, and we have added an additional strand ‘learning from crises’ specifically to focus on this. We have an unmissable opportunity to support each other to seek solutions to common challenges affecting all of us across the sector, particularly in these times of rapid change. 

“The conference is a key date in the calendar for HEIR Network members, but the event is open to all academics, professionals and organisations with an interest in or commitment to leveraging institutional research to strengthen the HE sector.”

For further information, including how to register and the call for papers and sponsorship opportunities, visit the HEIR2020 website  and follow us at twitter.com/heir2020.

Contact: HEIR conference admin: heir2020@brighton.ac.uk and/or Rachel Bowden, at  r.c.bowden@brighton.ac.uk

HEIR 2020 Online Conference

Posted on Jul 7, 2020

The University of Brighton will host the online annual Higher Education Institutional Research (HEIR) Network conference this year on the 10 and 11 September 2020.

The conference will comprise of four strands highlighting the ways in which institutional research, evaluation and data increasingly plays a pivotal role in supporting institutional effectiveness to strengthen HE futures. 

·       Enhancing learning lives
·       Enriching data stories
·       Influencing policy
·       Learning from crises 

There will also be a range of relevant breakout sessions throughout the event, delivered by inspiring HE professionals and academics. If you would like to be among our presenters, please submit your proposal for consideration by the deadline of 23.59 on Sunday 12 July. Submit here

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