Higher Education

Cluster lead: Dr Ann Read

The Higher Education Research Cluster is an interdisciplinary, cross-service/faculty grouping that aims to investigate and promote understanding of issues relevant to higher education and to explore and promote the use of innovative research approaches. Research outputs inform policy and practice as well as enhancing the student experience.

Southampton Solent University has a strong tradition of undertaking research in higher education policy and


  • Cluster lead: Dr Ann Read
  • Caroline Carpenter
  • Donald Coe
  • Sarah Daly
  • Mark Dixon
  • Aline Giordano
  • Dr Fiona Handley
    Professor Steven Henderson 
    Christine Millward
  • Christopher Rapley
  • Marilyn Russell
    Associate Professor Brian Winks 
    Deborah Wright 

Contact us:

Email: ann.read@solent.ac.uk

practice. The Strategy, Policy and Information Service (SPIS), established with the aim of informing University policy by providing evidence to support policy and management decisions, organised the first UK Higher Education Institutional Research conference and the University continues to actively support national initiatives.

Researchers from other services, particularly Academic Services, and from the University’s three faculties also undertake institutional research. They have a keen interest in identifying and developing approaches to investigating institutional problems.

Recent research areas/projects include:

  • Developing a typology for academic misconduct
  • Assessment and feedback practice
  • Employability
  • Developing a flexible curriculum
  • Complaints and appeals
  • Professional development frameworks
  • Engagement monitoring
  • Student information
  • Research degree provision 

Recent outputs/publications

Recent conference presentation include:

  • Andrews, G. Russell, M. (2012) Employability skills development: strategy, evaluation and impact. In: Higher Education, Skills and Work-based Learning: The Journal of the University Vocational Awards Council. Bingley: Emerald.
  • Giordano, A. (2012) Student support in postgraduate research student achievement: making the most of a university Research Environment. In: AUA Conference, 02 April 2012, The University of Manchester.
  • Henderson, S. Wink, B. Coe, D. & Read, A. (2012) It’s a Shame: Student Perspectives on Academic Misconduct. 28th Annual Q Conference, September 5-8, 2012, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Read, A. (2012) QA in the UK Higher Education Sector. Chinese Deans Conference, University of Westminster.
  • Giordano, Aline and Wellington, Sean. (2011) Experiences of embedding an online system for ethical approval of research projects. In: SEDA Spring Teaching, Learning and Assessment Conference, 5-6 May 2011, Edinburgh, Scotland.
  • Irving, A. & Read, M. (2011) Facing the dilemmas in providing effective student feedback. Higher Education Institutional Research Conference, June, Kingston.
  • Gladstone,C. Irving, A & Read, M (2010) Accuracy and usefulness of corporate data in annual course monitoring. Higher Education Institutional Research Conference, June, Dublin.
  • Henderson, S. Coe, D. Read, A. Wink, B.(2010) Identifying students at risk of committing academic misconduct 4th International Plagiarism Conference, June. Newcastle
  • Verney, C. & Read, A. (2010) Best practice in supporting External Examiners. AUA, March, Warwick.

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