Heather Withington

Data Analyst

Academic Quality and Development

Heather has achieved an MSc in Psychological Research Methods (Commendation) and a 2:1 BSc in Psychology with Criminology. She has worked at an Further Education College analysing potential impacts of Government Policy, supporting with the development of Strategy, working in the Higher Education Department to complete regulatory body requirements such as returns to the Office for Students and developing the Access and Participation plan. She has started at Staffordshire University in November 2022, working as a data analyst, helping teams to identify key data sources, analysing data particularly related to Access and Participation characteristics, supporting with workshops particularly related to Theory of Change, and supporting with evaluation. She is also contributing to the development of the Access and Participation Plan for Staffordshire University


Academic qualifications

MSc Psychological Research Methods - Commendation

BSc (hons) Psychology with Criminology - 2:1


Data analytics, particularly qualitative analysis of data streams related to our Access and Participation Plan characteristics. Researching and identifying key data streams which may be useful to different teams for data analysis, helping with coding and project support. Providing support to workshops such as Theory of Change. Investigating different sources and identifying potential impacts on the sector and institutions.

Research interests

Access and Participation Characteristics Theory of Change

in the UK for Quality Education

Sustainable Development Goal 4, Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2023

for Career Prospects

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Facilities

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

of Research Impact is ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Very Considerable’

Research Excellence Framework 2021

of Research is “Internationally Excellent” or “World Leading”

Research Excellence Framework 2021

Four Star Rating

QS Star Ratings 2021