Ioannis Soilemetzidis

Doctoral Researcher

Ioannis SoilemetzidisCurrent Status

Third year, Part-Time, EdD (Education) Leaders and Leadership in Education Doctorate.

Research Topic

Indicative title: Measuring and appraising (KPI QA) institutional policies and strategies related with student retention (attrition) - an institution wide approach.

Research Summary

At this stage, I aim to develop a framework to measure and appraise the effectiveness of student retention strategies and activities (perhaps linked with KPI, while implementing a quality assurance approach) and their practical implementation. I aspire that this could be a universal tool, which potentially could be customised for any higher education institution to aid lowering attrition rates via the implementation of an ‘institutional wide’ approach. 


Some examples:

Soilemetzidis, I. (2016) Student retention in higher education (HE), Bourdieu sociological theory and Ishikawa diagrams: exploring potentials and possibilities, a framework analysis, EdD Colloquium “Academic Voices”, School of Education, Oxford Brookes University, 2 July 2016

Buckley, A., Soilemetzidis, I. and Hillman, N. (2015) The 2015 Student Academic Experience Survey, HEPI number 76, The Higher Education Academy, 4 June 2015

Soilemetzidis, I., Bennett, P. and Leman, J. (2014), The Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) 2014, The Higher Education Academy, Thursday 2 October 2014

Soilemetzidis, I., Bennett, P., Buckley, A., Hillman, N. and Stoakes, G. (2014) The HEPI–HEA Student Academic Experience Survey 2014, The Higher Education Academy / HEPI number 67, HEPI–HEA Spring Conference 21 May 2014

Soilemetzidis, I. and Dale, C. (2013) Student retention in UK higher education: Exploring the link between entry grades and attrition trends, European Academic Research, Vol. 1, Issue 8, pp. 2326-2349

Research Interests

  • Student retention (attrition) strategies and activities in higher education
  • Evaluate and establish KPIs (key performance indicators)
  • International higher education collaborations and academic partnerships
  • Internationalisation of higher education
  • Entrepreneurship, business start-ups and intellectual property (trade marks)
  • Business education
  • Quality assurance and subject benchmark statements
  • English language and the global higher education industry
  • International higher education systems
  • Technology, teaching, learning and curriculum development

Research Supervisors

Professor Graeme Douglas

Professor Mike McLinden


Self Funded

Membership of Research and Professional Organisations

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, FHEA
  • Chartered Management Institute, MCMI
  • PRINCE2 certified and registered professional practitioner
  • Member of BELMAS (the British Educational Leadership Management and Administration Society)

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