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The 15th Enhancement in Higher Education Conference: Evaluation, Evidence & Enhancement: Inspiring Staff & Students took place in Glasgow on 7 June 2018.

Approximately 380 delegates from across seven countries came together to discuss innovative ideas around how to use evidence to evaluate and enhance the student experience and support greater student success. The programme offered lots of opportunity to exchange views and share thinking around the four conference tracks:

  • Navigating the data landscape
  • Using qualitative and quantitative approaches to enhance student retention, attainment and employability
  • Finding effective evidence for prompting student engagement in their learning
  • Evaluating improvements in the student experience.

The Conference also provided an opportunity to showcase outputs from work undertaken during the first year of the Evidence for Enhancement: Improving the Student Experience Theme, which considers data and metrics alongside creative and qualitative approaches to using evidence.

Keynote presentations and videos

Professor Karl Leydecker

Professor Karl Leydecker from the University of Dundee opened the conference with a short presentation.

Welcome to the 15th Enhancement Themes Conference

Publication Date: 08 Aug 2018

Dr Rebecca Ferguson

Dr Rebecca Ferguson from The Open University gave a keynote on the developing opportunities offered by learning analytics, and potential links with enhancement. You can watch Rebecca’s keynote video, along with a short video interview.

Dr Camille Kandiko Howson

Dr Camille Kandiko Howson from King’s College London gave a keynote on using learning gain as evidence for enhancement. You can watch Camille’s keynote video, along with a short video interview.


Frances Quirke, from our sponsors Canvas, presented on how data can be used to identify and address retention issues and skills gaps.

Utilising data to support students in Identifying and addressing retention issues and gaps in skills

Publication Date: 13 Jun 2018

The Happiness Research Institute

The Happiness Research Institute ran two workshops aimed at helping attendees enhance their understanding of happiness in the context of enhancing the student experience.

Programme and Parallel sessions

The Conference programme provided an opportunity to exchange views and share thinking around the four conference tracks. Colleagues across the UK and overseas shared practice through three parallel sessions. A selection of photos from the day are also available to view on our Flickr account.