Surveys, measurement tools, metrics and the wider insight that such tools generate have a key role to play in helping maximise the reach and quality of provision within the sector.
By gathering and acting on such insight, institutions, sector agencies, researchers and policymakers can work together to help students maximise their potential.
Each Advance HE Surveys Conference brings together keynote speakers, papers, posters and workshops with an aim to explore real examples of how innovative approaches to measurement and feedback have been employed to deliver impactful findings which have driven real change.
“This was a well organised conference that provided a good range of speakers. There were two very engaging keynotes with plenty of time for networking".
Surveys Conference 2018 delegate
Date: 8 May 2019
Venue: Mercure Holland House Hotel and Spa, Bristol
Who: Those with an interest in surveys and metrics in higher education
Keynote Speakers 2019
Elizabeth Shepherd, Director, Higher Education, IFF Research
Elizabeth joined IFF Research in December 2017. As a Director within IFF’s Higher Education team Elizabeth’s portfolio includes delivering projects for the Department for Education, Office for Students, Equality and Human Rights Commission, several UK higher education institutions and projects surrounding the internationalisation of higher education. Previously, she worked for 13 years in international education research in the UK, North America and East Asia for the British Council. Whilst working for the British Council Elizabeth’s experience included establishing the UK – US higher education partnership fund, and as the Director Research for the global Education Intelligence team. Her research experience also includes studying part-time towards finalising a PhD at Birkbeck, University of London, where she is exploring international education policy analysis, in the local context of Vietnam.
Rachel Hewitt, Director of Policy and Advocacy, Higher Education Policy Institute
Rachel joined HEPI in November 2018, as Director of Policy and Advocacy. Prior to joining HEPI, Rachel held a number of roles at the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), focused on data policy and governance and gathering requirements for information that could be met from HESA data. Rachel also lead on the review of data on graduate destinations and designed and implemented the new Graduate Outcomes survey. Rachel is a graduate of the University of Bath, where she also briefly worked with the careers department.
Call for Papers
The call for papers for the 2019 conference is now closed. Proposals were invited from a broad range of topics revolving around four key themes:
- Student development and outcomes
- Widening participation
- Teaching excellence
- Understanding the undergraduate and postgraduate student journey
Highlights of 2018
Paul Feldman, Chief Executive, Jisc
Paul Feldman is the chief executive of Jisc, the UK higher, further education and skills sectors’ not-for-profit organisation for digital services and solutions. Paul was an executive partner at Gartner UK and has spent over 20 years in financial services as well as working in knowledge-based IT companies.
Christine Broughan and Graham Steventon, Coventry University
Christine Broughan is Professor of Higher Education at the Global Learning: Education and Attainment Research Centre at Coventry University. She has a key role in equity and social inclusion research in the fields of education, ethnicity, gender, ageing, mental health and wellbeing. Christine has a proven track record in education leadership, teaching and research.
Graham Steventon qualified as an architect and gained a PhD in Sociology at Warwick University before becoming a senior lecturer in Criminology at Coventry University in 2002. He uses creative approaches to teaching and assessment (role play; immersive virtual contexts; podcasting; concept mapping) and has researched and presented internationally on pedagogy. He co-edited two previously published books (2012 and 2016, Routledge) on higher education.