HEIR Network

Higher Education Institutional Research Network

UK and Ireland HEIR Network 2024 Annual Conference

12-13 September 2024, Buckinghamshire New University

The theme for 2024 is ‘Into, Through and Beyond: Equitable Student Progression’.

The call for papers is now closed.


  • Transition into higher education  
  • Inclusive student experiences and curriculum  
  • Educational gains  
  • Progression into employment or further study  

Registration is now open here

This year’s theme is equitable student progression and encompasses multiple strands of IR activity that have illuminated previous conferences. Progression is usually taken to mean student progression on their course of study: engaging, being retained, making academic progress and gaining a good award, and our sub-themes of inclusive student experiences, inclusive / decolonised curriculum and learning gain address these aspects of the student journey. With a broader interpretation of ‘progression’, we will curate material that speaks to the ‘into’ and ‘beyond’ stages of the journey: transition into HE and progression into careers and further study. 

Keynote speakers will be announced soon and will address the importance of equitable student progression from three perspectives: the importance to policy-makers and governing bodies of fair and efficient student progress, the fulfillment for educators of imparting skills and knowledge, and the transformative effects upon student of realising their educational ambitions and unlocking new opportunities. 

EARLY BIRD REDUCED REGISTRATION FEES! Tickets for the two-day event are priced at £295 and this includes refreshments and a conference dinner.

Key milestonesDate
Call for papers deadline23 June
Review period24 June – 2 July
Latest date at which authors will be notified7 July
Close of registrations30 August
Preparatory session for presenters and keynotes5 September
Material for presentations6 September
Conference dates12 & 13 September