Research cluster

Pioneering Analytics for Transformative Higher EdUCATION (PATH)

Providing leadership and empower capacity for thriving in university communities by developing data-driven asset-based education strategies in a global context for societal transformation.

“We are dedicated to fostering transdisciplinary collaboration and transformative learning in higher education, empowering university communities globally through the development of data-driven, asset-based strategies that prioritise positive well-being and drive societal transformation.”

Dr Mark Hoelterhoff, PATH Cluster Lead

Our priorities:  

Pioneering: Pioneering the exploration of future-facing, post-digital strategies that transcend disciplinary boundaries, fostering innovative approaches to addressing complex challenges in higher education while prioritising the cultivation of positive well-being across transdisciplinary studies.

Analytics: Harnessing advanced analytics and data-driven methodologies to delve into the dynamic interplay between positive well-being and transformative learning within higher education. Through collaborative research initiatives, we aim to develop comprehensive metrics that illuminate the pathways to holistic student development and societal impact.

Transformative: Forging pathways of educational transformation that integrate intrapersonal strengths with real-world challenges, fostering the development of critical thinkers and change agents equipped to address pressing issues in contemporary society. Our transdisciplinary approach seeks to catalyse meaningful change at individual, institutional, and societal levels.

HigherED: Empowering a vibrant network of academic, student support, and professional leaders dedicated to advancing evidence-based strategies for enhancing positive well-being within the higher education landscape. Through collaboration, knowledge exchange, and collective action, we strive to cultivate a culture of well-being and resilience that supports the holistic development of students and the broader university community.

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THRIVE Research Network

Passionate about enhancing well-being in higher education? Join THRIVE: where researchers, practitioners, and advocates collaborate to advance innovative and data-driven strategies for university community resilience. Together, we cultivate a culture of well-being through knowledge exchange, collective action, and transformative education initiatives. Join us in shaping the future of higher education!




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Flourishing in the Academic Community 


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Collaboration with Georgetown University

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Wellbeing in the curriculum and the potential at University of Edinburgh

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Meet our team

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Alexandros Kapatais

PhD Candidate
College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences School of Health in Social Science
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Andy Shanks

Director of Student Wellbeing
University of Edinburgh
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Harriet Harris

University Chaplain
University of Edinburgh
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Jon Turner

Curriculum Transformtion Project Lead
University of Edinburgh
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Liz Grant

Assistant Principal for Global Health | Director of the Global Health Academy
Usher Institute
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Maria Gardani

Deputy Director for Research – Research Ethics and Research Integrity
College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences School of Health in Social Science
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Mark Hoelterhoff

Lecturer in Clinical Psychology
College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences School of Health in Social Science
Rea Michalopoulou

Rea Michalopoulou

PhD Candidate
College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences School of Health in Social Science
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Ruthanne Baxter

University of Edinburgh

Are you interested in our work?

We work with academics, student support and professional services who are interested in collaboration about wellbeing across the university community, both internally and externally. Anyone with an interest in wellbeing within the context of higher education is welcome to join our Thrive network. 

If you are working on a project that fits with our research interests, we would love to hear from you.

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