Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn

HEIR programme


The Changing Landscape of Higher Education – Challenges and Opportunities for Institutional Research

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) (Dublin, Ireland)



HEIR 2018 Programme & Abstract Book

Keynote speakers 

Conference tracks:

Technology, big data and the future of higher education

The use of data in higher education is increasingly driving operations and decision making. Big data, learning analytics, technology enhanced learning and open/self-directed learning are all areas of increased interest and developing rapidly. HEIR 2018 will explore current trends, systems and stories relating to this contemporary theme.

Measuring and driving performance and institutional reputation

Higher education institutional performance is measured by many lenses including world rankings, teaching and research excellence frameworks, government agencies, longitudinal studies and subjective analysis. HEIR 2018 will explore current trends in institutional performance including qualitative, quantitative and subjective analysis such as reputation. In particular the impact this has for institutional research and practice and the role of professionals involved in processing data supporting institutional performance.

Students of the future

Students are the heart of every University. What are the needs of the next generation of students and how will these be facilitated? How can we measure and plan for enhancing the student experience? HEIR 2018 will explore student expectations and trends such as personalised learning, extra-curricular initiatives, student mobility, graduate attributes, digital skills and the digital workplace, cultural diversity, equality and inclusion, the ‘student lifecycle' (e.g. widening access, retention, progression, attainment, employability), social/economic factors and the impact on strategic planning and information needs.

Policy and the higher education environment

The external environment drives organisational change and the need for constant reflection and renewal. HEIR 2018 will explore political and economic factors impacting on higher education in the UK, Ireland and internationally, including themes such as Brexit, populism (changing attitudes towards ‘experts' and ‘evidence'), international engagement & collaboration, ‘The Third Mission' (knowledge transfer/societal impact), HEI Policy developments (e.g. funding) and general horizon scanning.


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