Liz Thomas Associates – higher education research and consultancy

Employing a research informed approach, Liz Thomas Associates Ltd works with you to improve student experience and outcomes in higher education and beyond.

We have expertise in a wide range of areas:

Academic advising and personal tutoring • Access • Equality • Financial support • Inclusive learning and teaching • Induction and transition • Institutional change • International perspectives • Monitoring and evaluation • Progression: access to postgraduate study and the labour market • Social mobility • Student engagement • Student retention and success • Student services • Widening access and participation.
 
We offer a number of services such as keynote addresses and staff development workshops; research and evaluation; writing and publication; institutional development and change; and tailored consultancy. Our expertise and services can be combined to improve many aspects of the student experience and student outcomes.

Professor Liz Thomas is an independent researcher and consultant for higher education and Professor of Higher Education at Edge Hill University.
Liz has approximately twenty years’ experience of undertaking and managing research about widening participation, student retention and success and institutional approaches to improving the student experience and outcomes. She is committed to using research to inform national and institutional policy, practice and evaluation, and has developed and led change programmes to facilitate this. more>>

Dr R. D. Jones is an experienced researcher, author and editor in the fields of widening access, student retention and success, learning and teaching and knowledge transfer. He is author of Student retention and success: a synthesis of research (Higher Education Academy 2008). He is currently interviewing students who have withdrawn from higher education. more>>

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Social Mobility in HE
I’m looking forward to chairing part of the Policy-UK Forum on Social Mobility in HE on Thursday

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Improving social inclusion in higher education
Liz Thomas was part of the expert team for PL4SD (peer learning for the social dimension, funded by the European Commission) who visited Croatia to carry out the country review

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Liz Thomas Associates was pleased to support the first ever NACADA UK Drive-In Eventon Academic Advising and Personal Tutoring

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Attracting diversity in Scotland
Liz Thomas Associates is pleased to be working with the Equality Challenge Unit and four university partners

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HEFCE studies to explore the impact of Student Opportunity Funding
Professor Liz Thomas is working with CFE Research on two contracts awarded to them by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) to explore the impact of Student Opportunity Funding.

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University All-Party Parliamentary Group: ‘Crafting the class’ to ensure a balanced student body?
On Tuesday 21 October 2014 Professor Liz Thomas addressed the University All-Party Parliamentary Group at the House of Commons.

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Launch of major research on transitions in Ireland
Professor Liz Thomas addressed an audience of policy makers, academics and practitioners at the Economic and Social Research Institute in Dublin on 6 November 2015

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Final conference for the E-quality: Linking quality and social inclusion in higher education project
Professor Liz Thomas addressed the final conference of the E-quality: Linking quality and social inclusion in higher education in Croatia project at the University of Rijeka on 21 February 2015.

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New independent learning project
Liz Thomas Associates is delighted to be working with the National Union of Students

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Liz to address European conference on social inclusion in higher education
Liz will be a keynote speaker at the conference The Social Dimension in European Higher Education, 25-27 February, University of Economics, Vienna.

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What works phase 2

What works? Student retention and success change programme: Survey for discipline teams, summer 2014.

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March

The Higher Education Academy (HEA) and the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) have commissioned Liz Thomas Associates to undertake research

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February

This week Liz joined Twitter – follow Liz @ProfLizThomas. This has opened up a whole new word! Indeed, an interesting piece by Dave Beer (March 2013) asks whether academics can manage without Twitter. Beer observes that:

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