Liz Thomas Associates – higher education research and consultancy

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

We have expertise in a wide range of areas:

Academic advising and personal tutoring • Equality • Financial support • Inclusive learning and teaching • Induction and transition • International perspectives • Monitoring and evaluation • Progression: access to postgraduate study and the labour market • Social integration • 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.

Professor Liz Thomas  is an independent researcher and consultant for higher education and Professor of Higher Education at Edge Hill University. She is visiting professor of Academic Development at Staffordshire University.

Liz has over fifteen years’ experience of undertaking and managing research about widening participation, student retention and success and institutional approaches to improving the student experience. 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 He is currently interviewing students who have withdrawn from higher education.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 >>

High quality service

Latest News

Improving social inclusion in higher education
In September/October 2014 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

Read more >

Liz Thomas Associates was pleased to support the first ever NACADA UK Drive-In Eventon Academic Advising and Personal Tutoring on 25 March 2015

Read more >

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

Read more >

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.

Read more >

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.

Read more >

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

Read more >

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.

Read more >

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

Read more >

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.

Read more >

What works phase 2

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

Take the survey today >


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

Read more >


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:

Read more >

Contact / Sign Up to Newsletter