HEIR Network Conference 2015

  • Higher Education Institutional Research Network 
    8th Annual UK & Ireland Conference
    Thursday 10th and Friday 11th September 2015

    University of the West of Scotland, Paisley Campus PA1 2BE, Scotland, UK.


    Download the (draft) Conference Programme in pdf

  • Fee

    Full conference: £150.00

    Dinner in the historic Paisley Abbey (plus tour) is offered as an optional extra at £48 per person but not to be missed.


    Register online via our secure registration website

    (deadline for registering is Friday 21 August 2015)

    Conference Contact

    e-mail: HEIR2015@uws.ac.uk
    telephone: 01292 886338

  • The Stories We Tell:
    Using institutional research to enhance policy, practice and engagement

    Our 2015 conference aims to explore the role of institutional research in supporting higher education institutions, agencies and practitioners make sense of the rapidly changing and globalised education context.

    Keynote speakers are:

    • Professor Andrea Nolan OBE, Principal and Vice Chancellor, Edinburgh Napier University.
    • Professor Robin Middlehurst, Professor of Higher Education, Kingston University London.
    • Professor Andy Westwood, Associate Vice President for Public Affairs at the University of Manchester and Professor of Politics and Policy at the University of Winchester.


    Institutions are expected to operate more efficiently and effectively in a context of reducing/reduced resources and increasing/increased market competition. This requires higher education practitioners and specifically institutional researchers to find ways of harnessing available data, generating new data and intelligence, information, knowledge and resources to support institutional decision-making, engage with stakeholders, improve the student experience and student outcomes, and prepare our institutions for the future. Developing strategies and successful methods to evaluate strategies to support institutional management is a high priority.

    Using storytelling metaphors as the theme, the conference will focus on how institutional research, its tools and methods and products and outputs, provide the basis for busting institutional myths, providing compelling narratives for innovation and change and enhancing policy, practice and participation.

    We have engaging, knowledgeable and professional speakers who will address the role of research and evidence in influencing decisions and highlight the importance of practitioners being able to use their data to help present compelling and persuasive cases to institutional decision-makers.



    The Higher Education Institutional Research Network is delighted to announce Professor Andrea Nollan,  Professor Robin Middlehurst and Andy Westwood as keynote speakers for the 8th Annual UK & Ireland Conference.

    Professor Andrea Nolan OBE
    Principal and Vice Chancellor, Edinburgh Napier University

    View Professor Nolan's biography >>
    Professor Robin Middlehurst
    Professor of Higher Education, Kingston University London

    View Professor Middlehurst's biography >> 
    Andy Westwood
    Associate Vice President for Public Affairs at the University of Manchester and Professor of Politics and Policy at the University of Winchester.

    View Professor Westwood's biography >>  

    Themes of the Conference are:

    • Communities of Engagement – to include student experience, staff experience, learning spaces, external stakeholders
    • Learner Journeys – to include transition into, through and out of higher education; flexibility of provision
    • Learning Analytics – to include retention and attainment, digital/online learning
    • Performance and Impact – to include performance measures, impact measures, rankings, league tables, institutional strategic planning, governance
    • Institutional Management – to include institutional culture change, future scenario planning, learning futures

    Download a PDF copy of the Paisley Map.

    Getting to Paisley

    By Air
    Glasgow International Airport is on the outskirts of Paisley, with the campus 10 minutes by car or taxi.

    Glasgow Prestwick Airport is just over 30 minutes away by road or rail. 

    By Train
    Served by excellent bus and train services, Paisley is only 7 miles (12 km) west of Glasgow, Scotland's largest city, and just an hour away from Scotland's capital city, Edinburgh.

    Paisley campus is only 5 minutes walk from Paisley's Gilmour Street Train Station.

    By Car
    Leave the M8 at junction 27 and follow the signs for the university.


    Accommodation is not included in the conference fee, however, a delegate rate has been agreed with the Glynhill Hotel in Paisley at £82.00 for twin/double rooms for single occupancy, including bed, breakfast, VAT, leisure facilities, car parking and WIFI. A supplement of £15.00 per night will apply for double/twin occupancy.

    This rate is available for a maximum of 3 nights between 9th – 11th September 2015. Please use the code ‘HEIR2015 Conference’ at the time of booking - telephone the Glynhill Hotel on +44 (0)141 886 5555 or email: reservations@glynhill.com In order to secure the above rate rooms must be booked prior to 7th August 2015

    For other accommodation options in and around Paisley see the Visit Scotland website.

    Scotland's largest town

    Paisley is Scotland's largest town and is a lively place to be. Originally famous for its weaving and thread industries - most notable for the world-famous Paisley pattern - Paisley combines heritage and history with all the facilities you'd expect from Scotland's largest town.

    Explore cultural delights such as the Museum and Art Gallery, Arts Centre, the 12th century Abbey, and the largest Baptist Church in Europe, Thomas Coats Memorial Church.

  • HEIR logo

    The UK and Ireland Higher Education Institutional Research (HEIR) network was established in 2008 to bring together institutional research (IR) enthusiasts and practitioners working in the UK and Irish higher education sectors.

    The 2015 conference at will offer the valuable opportunity to Institutional Researchers and those in related professions to disseminate their knowledge, learn from others and build networks.

    Further information about the HEIR Network can be found on the HEIR Network website.