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About HEER

What is HEER?

The Higher Education Empirical Research (HEER) database comprises summaries of the latest published research on a range of topics related to higher education. It is intended for use by policy-makers, academics and researchers in higher education.

The database is fully searchable by theme, publisher and date.

As a registered user you gain access to the full summaries and subscription options to receive email notifications as soon as new research is added to the database. You will also receive our monthly newsletter.

Register for a free HEER account

What research is included?

Relevant published research is identified through regular scanning of:

  • higher education journals
  • official reports from UK and international policy bodies
  • statistical sources (for example the Higher Education Statistics Agency and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) 
  • websites of relevant higher education organisations.


The themes currently covered by the database are: 

  • Access and widening participation
  • Curriculum (including learning, teaching and assessment)
  • Economic and social context of higher education
  • Generic Themes
  • Graduate labour market
  • Institutional management, staffing and finance
  • Quality assurance and enhancement
  • Research
  • Student experience