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July 2013

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Poster presentation at this year’s annual HEA conference held at the University of Warwick

Poster description Curriculum development  HEA 2013 Poster V1



April 2013

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Knowledge transfer event  The Forgotten Year: Enhancing the Second Year Experience

 NFT2The Academic Enhancement Unit recently hosted a half-day national event ‘The Forgotten Year: Enhancing the Second Year Experience’.  Forty five people took part in the event, including twenty three external participants from various universities including Edge Hill, Sheffield Hallam, Leicester De Montfort University, York St John University, University of Lancaster, University of Birmingham, University of Glasgow, University of Leeds, Newcastle University, Canterbury Christ Church, Bradford University  and Huddersfield. Dr Caroline Stainton from the Higher Education Academy also attended.

The 2010-2013 £200,000 research project funded by the Higher Education Academy through the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) has established LJMU’s position in leading the research in the second year student experience.

The LJMU research team shared the project outcomes and the impact of the institutional interventions. The workshops on data analysis, Bb community sites and second year induction gave participants practical insights into how to interrogate and support the second year experience.  External colleagues also had a chance to present their university second year support initiatives. Participants found the dynamic, fast paced event very informative and thought provoking.  

Lisa Ward, Head of the Teaching and Learning Institute at the University of Huddersfield said: “It was… a great day. I really enjoyed it. I was impressed with the workshops and research you are undertaking. I’m also going to talk to staff at Huddersfield about using institutional data, which I found really useful”. This event was a first step in developing a UK community of practice for academic and support staff committed to helping students to negotiate successfully the challenges of the ‘middle’ year of academic study.

 The following presentations were made on the day by the project team and external colleagues

1 M.Yorke Presentation 180413 v1    2 Team 18th April SS V 17 04 (2)    3 P HughesOUuduction_liverpool_ 2013

   4 F K Duah LJMU 18 April   5 Tinker and Hill Liverpool JM 2013 (2)   6 Second year students use of CLaSS (2)

7 E Ragoneses Sophmore Slump PPT   8 A tripartite approach to tackling the Sophomore Slump V1

April 2013

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Great news the team have abstracts accepted  at

The 6th Annual Conference of the Higher Educational Research (HEIR) Network Event.  This year’s theme is Progressive Partnerships: Engaging Stakeholders in Institutional Research. The event is being held at Birmingham City University.

Abstract   ‘Expect Nothing Less: managing expectation through semantic analysis’  HEIR 2013 -10213 (2)

The European Association of Insitutional Research (EAIR) 35th Annual Conference This year’s theme is the impact of Higher Educationwith the sub title ‘Addressing the Challenges of the 21st Century’ 

Abstract  ‘The Price of Expectation: are we getting it right?’   The Price of Expectation  


December 2012

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 Dr Elena Zaitseva presented at the SRHE Annual Conference Newport 12th – 14thDecember.

SRHE Conference (2)

SRHE_2012 presentation

September 2012

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 EAIR_2012 Zaitseva, Milsom, Stewart   EAIR_presentation_2012 Milsom Stewart Zaitseva

The European Association of Institutional Research is a unique association for professionals in the area of higher education management, and for academics researching that area.  This year the annual conference was held in Stavanger, Norway.  Whilst the programe was delivered through a series of named strands the main themes are listed below.

  • Longitudinal monitoring of institutional data to measure the impact of interventions and policy changes, for example Georgia University of Technology
  • Joined up use of data, for example, professional service teams working in collaboration
  • Recognition that ‘para-academic’ roles are here to stay and need a defined career structure
  • More use of data mining involving software recognising patterns in the data , for example, structural equation modelling.  Most institutions presentations involved more sophisticated modelling and mining of data.
  • Analysis of administrator job satisfaction. Findings showed that intrinsic satisfaction is the main determinant of  ’overall satisfaction’.  The strongest predictor for intrinsic satisfaction is teamwork.
  • More systematic use of institutional data  used more systematically to inform policy, particularly in US.
  • Many institutions are struggling with Quality Assurance in terms of its bureaucratic nature, little engagement from academic staff with QA.  Seen as strong administrative function.



July 2012

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More great news the team have an abstract accepted for this year’s SHRE Annual Research Conference in Newport

The theme for the conference this year is What is Higher Education For? Shared and contested ambitions. The conference aims to examine differing perspectives about what higher education is for and explore ways in which research can support and strengthen a shared purpose of higher education.

  SRHE 2012 Zaitseva, Milsom, Stewart

May 2012

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More great news!  Two abstracts submitted by team members to the HEIR  2012 conference have been accepted. The fifth annual conference of the Higher Education Institutional Research Network will be held at the University of Liverpool 11th – 13th July. The conference theme is ‘Unlocking Instsitutional Research: Information and Knowledge for Enhanced Insitutional Effectiveness’. Please click on the following links to see the proposals.    HEIR 2012 MY proposal        HEIR_proposal_Stewart_Milsom_Zaitseva (2)


May 2012

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The project team will have a poster presentation at this year’s LJMU Learning and Teaching Conference. The conference provides a forum to discuss innovative and effective learning, teaching and assessment practices and to explore findings from teaching-related research.  On the theme of ‘Student Engagement’, the two-day event will showcase presentations from academic and professional service staff across a range of topics.  The conference is open to LJMU staff, students and collaborative partner institutions to attend.

Sophomore Slump Poster

March 2012

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Great news! Both abstracts submitted by members of the team to the EAIR (European Association of Institutional Research) Annual Forum 2012 have been accepted. This year’s forum will be held in September in Stavanger Norway.

 EAIR proposal 1 EAIR proposal 2 EAIR_2012 Zaitseva, Milsom, Stewart

September 2011

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Professor Mantz Yorke referred to the project in his keynote address at the RAISE conference, Engaging Students in Challenging Times, Nottingham. The project was a topic of interest at in house seminars on the student experience led by Professor Yorke in two universities.

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