The HEIR2017 theme of 'Breaking the mould' will be explored through four conference tracks:

  • Supporting strategic decisions: developing meaningful metrics to enhance the student experience

    Institutional data play a vital role in strategic decision making, with student records, survey responses and digital footprints increasingly scrutinised to understand the effectiveness of learning and teaching.  This track encourages contributors to share their approaches to developing metrics that generate meaningful insights into the student experience.

  • Empowering learners: understanding and celebrating excellence in our practice and pedagogy

    Institutions seek to support students and graduates to prosper in their chosen field of study. This track offers the opportunity to explore how institutional research can challenge the design of our teaching, learning and assessment to enable best use of learners’ abilities and to empower learners to shape their learning experience, and that of their peers.

  • Engaging diverse audiences with institutional research: driving reach and impact

    Institutional researchers interrogate complex data to deliver high-impact messages which are informative and influence future practice, fostering a culture of both effective self-evaluation and strategic use of data for enhancement. This track offers will enable delegates to discuss their experiences of communicating and presenting meaningful messages to diverse audiences.

  • National and international policy landscapes: charting institutional development

    As policy landscapes continue to evolve and the use of key data sets and metrics becomes ever more prevalent across the sector, how can institutions best place themselves to respond? This track invites contributors to demonstrate (through both qualitative and quantitative research) how they can support, and lead, institutions to develop both teaching standards and operational effectiveness.


In addition to our inspirational keynote speakers we have confirmed a wide range of presentations and workshops. 

HEIR 2017 Programme (PDF 1MB)

Networking Opportunities

Whilst we have a range of esteemed keynotes and presenters lined up, don’t forget the conference proceedings will also provide a variety of networking opportunities - not least through our informal evening activities:

  • Welcome reception 

On Tuesday 12 September RGU and HEIR colleagues will host a complimentary drinks reception in the city-centre of Aberdeen. (There is no cost to attend but we will ask you to register in advance for catering purposes)

  • Conference dinner 

On Wednesday 13 September the conference dinner will be held at the historic Macdonald Norwood Hall Hotel.  The evenings entertainment will provide an opportunity to sample some delicious Scottish food, as well as traditional music and dancing. (Prior booking is required at the point of registration) 

Moreover as this is the 10th anniversary of the conference, we will also be taking the opportunity to reflect on, and celebrate, the evolution of the HEIR network and its contributions to building capacity for institutional research and enhancing learning and teaching practice across the sector.

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