Breaking the mould: Creating an evidence-based enhancement culture

Robert Gordon University is proud to be hosting the Higher Education Institutional Research (HEIR) Conference on 13 and 14 September 2017. The event will take place at our Garthdee Campus, on the banks of the River Dee.

HEIR2017 will explore the role of institutional research in creating a culture of evidence-based enhancement, with discussions centering on four main tracks:

The conference welcomes delegates from a wide range of higher education backgrounds, including; senior management, institutional researchers, planners, educational developers, pedagogic researchers, professional/managerial service colleagues, and – not least - students.

The programme will include keynote presentations from the following esteemed colleagues:

  • Professor Sarah Moore, Associate Vice President Academic at the University of Limerick Professor Moore has researched and explored the process of academic development and, notably, chairs Ireland's National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (NFETL). 
  • Professor Gilly Salmon, currently Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education Innovation) at the University of Western Australia, who is internationally renowned for her significant contributions to education futures, including research, program design, teaching methods and the use of new technologies.
  • Niall Sclater, Consultant and Director at Sclater Digital.  Previously Niall was Director of Learning and Teaching at the Open University, responsible for institutional strategy in areas such as educational technology and learning analytics.  Niall is currently advising JISC on its Effective Learning Analytics project and has been providing consultancy in this area to several universities.

On Wednesday 13 September the conference dinner will provide an opportunity for informal networking, and 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.

HEIR2017 is hosted by the Department for Learning, Teaching and Access (DELTA) at Robert Gordon University and sponsored by EvaSys.  If you have any queries or questions about the conference please contact

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Event Collaborators

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Colleagues may also be interested in the European Higher Education Society (HAIR) Forum 2017 being held at the University of Porto, from Sunday 3 to Wednesday 6 September 2017.

European Higher Education Society (HAIR) Forum 2017