Dr. Liz Thomas
Independent researcher and consultant for higher education and Professor of Higher Education at Edge Hill University in Ormskirk, England
Professor Liz Thomas (PhD, MA, BA) is an independent researcher and consultant for higher education and Professor of Higher Education at Edge Hill University in Ormskirk, England. She 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 UK national and institutional policy, practice and evaluation,
and has developed and led change programs to facilitate this. She led the internationally renowned What works? Student retention and success program between 2008 and 2017, working with teams from institutions and specific programs of study to develop,
implement and evaluate changes in practices and student outcomes. This work has influenced national policy making, institutional approaches and staff practices. In 2017 Liz was an expert member of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) 2 panel (introduced
to assess the quality of learning and teaching of higher education providers), and is currently involved in the TEF subject pilots, recognizing her expertise in widening participation, student retention and success and learning and teaching. Liz is the
author and editor of over ten books, and many journal articles, reports, briefings and practice guides. She regularly delivers keynote addresses and staff development workshops and programmes at higher education institutions in the UK and abroad.