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Surveys & Insights Conference 2021

Surveys & Insights Conference 2021: Adapting to challenging times

This conference provides an opportunity to discuss and debate the potential of insights from surveys, qualitative research and wider methods of capturing the student voice. Includes a large exhibition space.

In the past few months the higher education sector has faced unprecedented challenges. While gathering and reflecting the student voice has always been critical, it has arguably become even more necessary in these times to ensure the quality of the student experience as it evolves. 

Surveys, measurement tools, qualitative research and other techniques have a key role to play in capturing and understanding feedback from students and staff. The wider insight generated from these techniques can in turn deliver creative solutions with real impact. 

The Advance HE Surveys & Insights Conference provides an opportunity to discuss and debate the potential of insight from surveys, metrics, qualitative research and wider methods of capturing the voice of the student for driving excellence and enhancement within higher education.

The conference will be delivered via our virtual conference platform. It will feature a programme of live keynote speakers and panel sessions, plus live parallel workshops, a programme of on-demand oral presentations and a virtual poster exhibition. 

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Date: 28 April 2021
Venue: Virtual
Who: All higher education professionals

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Call for papers

The call for papers for Surveys & Insights Conference 2021: Adapting to challenging times is now open until 28 January 2021.

Find out more and submit your contribution. 

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Conference aims

The conference will:

  • provide an opportunity to showcase insights from surveys, bringing together keynote speakers, panels, on-demand oral presentations, posters and virtual workshops to explore real examples of innovative approaches to gathering feedback from undergraduates, postgraduates and staff
  • provide an opportunity for networking and helping to foster discussions which will be beneficial across the sector.
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Conference themes

The overarching theme for the conference will be Adapting to challenging times and it will address the following thematic areas:

Adapting to challenging times

The onset of the Coronavirus pandemic has required institutions to adapt and innovate in terms of their delivery. Accordingly, the student experience was delivered very differently – but often very successfully. How did your institution ensure that the student voice was captured and reflected in any decisions made, and how have surveys, research and measurement tools played a role in helping shape teaching and learning strategy in these challenging times?

Measuring the quality of learning

In light of the recent high-profile review of the National Student Survey (NSS), the spotlight has fallen on how best to capture the student experience in a way that links through to quality. Student Engagement Surveys provide one potential approach for assessing whether students are spending their time effectively. What other approaches are being adopted? This theme provides the opportunity to showcase new and innovative practice which captures the student voice in a way which drives forward the discussion on quality.

The BAME student experience gap

Unfortunately, not all students have the same experience of university. The Advance HE – HEPI Student Academic Experience Survey highlighted earlier this year that less than half of Black undergraduate students would choose the same course and university again, while less than one third of Asian, Chinese or Mixed students felt they received good value for money. There is also recently published evidence from the Advance HE PTES survey that postgraduates aged 30 or younger from Black, Asian or “Other” Ethnic backgrounds report the lowest levels of satisfaction. Comparing these sources helps us provide a holistic picture or the issues facing BAME students, and we are keen to showcase how institutions and practitioners are using insight from qualitative and quantitative research to respond to the challenge of fully understanding and addressing the BAME student experience gap.

Supporting students

Student wellbeing remains a key area for focus. Clear evidence continues to emerge that being a student is often a challenging and stressful time which can impact on wellbeing and mental health, with the Coronavirus pandemic creating even greater challenges. In light of these challenges, understanding the difficulties faced is perhaps more important than ever in order to provide the right level of support. How have surveys and other research methods been used to address this issue? What has really made a difference in helping to understand the issues.
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Call for papers

The call for papers for Surveys & Insights Conference 2021: Adapting to challenging times is now open until 28 January 2021.

Whilst we welcome proposals on a broad range of topics, the conference will revolve around four themes as listed above.

We welcome submissions from practitioners, academics, market research professionals, student experience specialists, policymakers and anybody with an interest in how surveys, measurement tools, qualitative research and other complementary research techniques are being employed to make a difference to the quality of provision in higher education. Submissions taking either a strategic or a practical approach are welcome, as are submissions from organisations based within or working for the higher education sector.

Submissions can be for any of the following session formats:

  • On-demand oral presentation (20 minutes)
  • Live workshop session (60 minutes)
  • Virtual poster presentation
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Guide to submissions

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Call for proposals and guide to submissions

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Advance HE survey webinars

Postgraduate Research Experience Survey 2020 Results launch webinar

5 November 2020

As the Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) sector results report is launched on 5th November, join report author Maddie Pitkin who will present results from the report, focusing on the impact of the Spring 2020 Covid-19 lockdown period on the postgraduate research degree student experience.
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UK Engagement Survey 2020 Results launch webinar

12 November 2020

The UK Engagement Survey (UKES) 2020 sector results report is launched on 12 November. Join report author Jonathan Neves who will present results from the report, focusing in detail on how student engagement evolved during the Spring 2020 Covid-19 lockdown period. The report also introduces new analysis on how students spend time on extra-curricular activity and how far they travel to campus.
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Lockdown and the Postgraduate Taught Experience launh webinar

19 November 2020

As the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) 2020 sector report is launched, author Jason Leman discusses the findings. The report evidences the impact of industrial action and lockdown in 2020, particularly on perceptions of teaching and resources. The report also explores the positive longer term trends, including what is helping positive trends in informing potential students and around course organisation.
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Event sponsors

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EvaSys has been a market-leading supplier of survey and exam solutions for over 20 years, with 1000+ customers worldwide, two-thirds of whom are education institutions, and 60+ Universities within the UK and Ireland.

EvaSys delivers: high survey response rates; extensive academic and student engagement; evaluation consistency; instant reporting to inform decisions; and powerful, flexible reporting for all stakeholders.

EvaExam assessments provide: secure, online, proctored exams; summative assessments and formative tests; immediate reporting with question analysis and mark distribution; reductions in marking time from days to hours; and accelerated results for students.

The UK office offers dedicated account, implementation, training and customer support to clients across the UK and Ireland, supported by development, technical and training teams in Germany.

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Surveys & Insights Conference 2020 highlights

To view the highlights of last year's Surveys & Insights Conference 2020, please visit our web page here.