Surveys Conference 2017

Understanding and enhancing the student experience

<strong>Surveys Conference 2017</strong><p>Understanding and enhancing the student experience<p>

Date: 11 May 2017
Venue: Manchester
Who: Those with an interest in surveys and metrics in higher education

  • Prices start at £250


The insight from student surveys, metrics and other research enables us to get closer to the student experience and understand their needs. Doing so provides a valuable opportunity to evaluate the student experience, our assumptions, and our provision, as well as helping to engage staff. However, the real value of surveys, metrics and research findings depend upon the extent to which they are used to shine a light on issues affecting the sector, inform decisions, and drive enhancement at the institutional and sector-wide levels.

Each Higher Education Academy Surveys conference showcases how surveys are making a difference, and facilitates the sharing of innovative practice between professionals across the sector, both in measuring but also addressing the key issues affecting the student experience.

This year’s conference themes aim to explore the student, staff and institutional perspectives:

  • Student outcomes: How can we use insight to understand, develop and improve student outcomes, including learning gain and employability, both during and beyond their programme?
  • Student needs, well-being and progression: How can we use survey insight to understand and support student needs and well-being, in order to support student progression and retention, whilst ensuring a focus on widening participation and maximising inclusivity for students at UG and PG level, from the UK and overseas?
  • Staff experiences, engagement and recognition: Exploring innovative approaches to supporting staff engagement with survey results and TEF metrics, as well as using survey methods to measure and improve staff engagement and development
  • Measuring excellence and enhancing teaching: How can we use insight from surveys and metrics to inform our own practice and help us measure teaching quality?; how can excellence be measured?; Innovative approaches to measuring excellence in teaching and learning

Call for papers

Deadline for submissions Monday 20 February 2017

We welcome submissions against the four key themes of the conference; Student outcomes; Student needs, well-being and progression; Staff experiences, engagement and recognition and; Measuring excellence and enhancing teaching. Submissions should fit into the following session types:

  • Half hour presentations
  • One hour workshops
  • Poster presentations
  • Symposium/panel sessions


Click here for full details and the submission form.

Keynote speaker

Nick Hillman

We are pleased to announce that we will be joined in the morning by Nick Hillman. 

Nick will begin the day with a discussion on how surveys, insight and metrics can have a positive impact on the student experience within the higher education sector. The keynote will touch on the key themes of the day, exploring the value of surveys and insight for staff, students and institutions.

Nick Hillman has been the Director of the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI), the UK’s only independent think tank devoted to higher education since January 2014. He has written widely on higher education and students for a range of think tanks and journals. His more recent writings include articles on the Coalition’s higher education reforms, on access to schools and selective universities and on the fifty-year history of student loans. Nick’s full biography can be found here.

Insights from Surveys Conference 2016: Linking Enhancement and Excellence

Get inspired with abstracts and slides from the 2016 conference: