HEIR Network

Higher Education Institutional Research Network

Past Events

2022-23 Events


Last year’s conference took place on 7-8 September 2023 at Kingston University. Further information on HEIR 2023 is here.


Our second free online lunchtime session of 2023 was held on Friday 19 May when we turned our attention to the importance of data governance as a key enabler for institutional research.  

Empowering Data-Driven Insights: leveraging effective data governance to enhance institutional research capabilities.  An online seminar exploring how institutional commitment to strong data governance supports the work of institutional researchers. 

We heard from two experts, Andy Youell and John Britton, followed by a Q&A session chaired by members of our Planning Group, Paula Keys, University of South Wales and Aisling McKenna, Dublin City University.   

If you weren’t able to join us, view the recording here https://youtu.be/sNHGX5z2780

  • Andy Youell – Executive Director- Digital and Regulation, University College of Estate Management – Andy has spent over 30 years working with data and with the systems and people that process it. After spells with PCFC and HEFCE he joined HESA in 1996. Andy became Director of Quality and Development in 1998 and assumed responsibility for the development of HESA systems. In 2013 Andy was appointed Director of the Higher Education Data & Information Improvement Programme (HEDIIP) which was created to reduce the burden and increase the value and accessibility of data and information about HE. HEDIIP created a new architecture for the HE data landscape which is now being implemented through the HESA Data Futures programme and the Data Landscape Steering Group. 
  • John Britton – Consulting Fellow, Halpin Consulting – John is a consultant in the Education, Regulatory and Local Government sectors, and has a strong academic background in communications, governance and strategy.  He has significant expertise in data and analysis, having been a former member of the HE Strategic Planners’ Association Data Insight Group. He led the strategic planning processes at two universities and the 2019 HESPA UK ‘Strategic Planning Team of the Year.’

Our first session of 2023 was held on Friday 24 February.

Equality Charter Frameworks:  supporting the process and measuring impact through institutional research, data and evaluation.   Case studies from three universities 

  • University of Brighton:  Institutional data and analysis: how to support the collation and analysis of required institutional data. Catherine Ramshaw, Equality and Diversity Adviser; Penny Jones, Insight Manager and Kieran Kelly, Senior Analyst, Evaluation & Policy Department.  
  • Kingston University:  Developing a successful action plan: how to turn actions into good practice that makes a difference. Dr Ricarda Micallef, Associate Professor and Co-Chair Institutional Athena Swan and Dr Ali Al-Kinani, Associate Professor 
  • University of Wolverhampton: Institutional Research and Evaluation: how to monitor progress and evaluate impact. Dr Ada Adeghe, Associate Dean Inclusivity and Dr Matt Horton, Evaluation Manager  

If you want to catch up on the presenations you can view them here: 

Wolverhampton: https://youtu.be/SU_qci59cYw

Kingston: https://youtu.be/Pal8dQeh1Ms

Brighton: https://youtu.be/lR11DiszeqU