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Research

Advance HE’s Research team undertakes both internally and externally commissioned research, supporting other Advance HE teams and the sector. We possess a wide array of expertise in cross-sectional, longitudinal, quasi-experimental and experimental research designs, using a variety of methods including surveys, focus groups, interviews, cases studies, naturalistic observation, and systematic reviews.

We possess a wide array of expertise in cross-sectional, longitudinal, quasi-experimental and experimental research designs, using a variety of methods including surveys, focus groups, interviews, cases studies, naturalistic observation, and systematic reviews.

Annual statistical reports

Every year, Advance HE’s Research team produces a series of statistical reports on equality for staff and students in UK higher education, and for students in further education colleges in Scotland, using comprehensive data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).

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Bespoke research for institutions, organisations and other societies

The breadth of experience and expertise on Advance HE’s Research team has allowed us to conduct bespoke research for individual institutions and other public bodies such as the NHS. For all inquiries about our bespoke work, please contact research@advance-he.ac.uk.

Research and data briefings

The Advance HE research team publishes quarterly briefings to introduce practitioners and other officials working in equality and diversity in the higher education sector to research methodologies and considerations.

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Research insights

The Advance HE Research team has recently launched a new series of reports that are meant to comment or provide new information about underrepresented groups that are often under-researched.

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Additional research initiatives

The Research team also support other Advance HE teams by providing data and insight for policy reports, consultancy and training, developing templates for equality charters applications, developing data protection policies and resources, producing infographics etc, in addition to providing bespoke consultancy services such as research and evaluation methods training.

For instance, we created series of infographics on LGB staff and student data to support work by our Policy team.

Externally funded projects

 

ASSET 2016

Advance HE was commissioned to conduct the 2016 Athena Survey of Science, Engineering and Technology (ASSET), exploring experiences of gender equality in STEMM academia (funded by the Royal Society, Royal Academy of Engineering, Royal Society of Biology and the Academy of Medical Sciences). The full report (as well as a summary report) are available here, while more detailed reports on individual disciplines are published here.

GENDER-NET

GENDER-NET was designed to address the common challenges facing European research institutions in achieving gender equality in research and innovation. The report shares the results of research undertaken to understand the impact of eight award schemes aimed at advancing gender equality, including the Athena SWAN Charter, and their ability to stimulate gender equality and enact structural change in research institutions.

Advance HE is a partner on this project, a European Research Area Network (ERA-NET) funded by the European Commission under the Science in Society work programme of the seventh Framework Programme (FP7).

Read more about GENDER-NET