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Newer Researchers' Conference 2013

Call For Papers

Within the theme, we invite abstracts that engage in Higher Education research associated with, for example

  • Approaches to learning, teaching and assessment
  • Policy developments
  • The student/staff experience
  • Curriculum design
  • The role of educational and learning technologies
  • Quality assurance and quality enhancement
  • Leadership, governance and management of  Higher Education
  • Critical analysis of methodologies and methods that we use to understand Higher Education
  • Employability and the purpose of Higher Education

How to submit an abstract
Abstracts are invited for presentations, posters and symposia that engage with the Conference theme, if relevant to your work, or explore other topics in higher education research. All submissions are subject to a blind peer review process.

For all submissions the requirement is for a 400-word abstract
For individual presentations this abstract will form the basis of your presentation. Submission of a full paper is not required.
The different presentation formats are outlined below.

Individual Papers
Each abstract accepted for individual presentation will be allocated 25 minutes for presentation and discussion. Generally, we recommend that you plan for a maximum of 15 minutes speaking, and at least 10 minutes for questions so that you can benefit from interaction with and feedback from the audience on your topic.

Participants offered an individual presentation session are also strongly encouraged to prepare and submit a poster of their work for display throughout the conference. These will bring your work to a wider audience beyond those delegates attending your session and there is a high profile competition for the best posters displayed. Posters awarded a prize, or highly commended, are displayed at the SRHE Annual Research Conference.

Poster Sessions
Posters provide an opportunity to engage your audience in discussion and invite feedback using a visual format and should not be regarded as a less important presentation format to any others. In particular they enable newer researchers to present ongoing research to an international audience, especially pilot studies, preliminary results or information on new projects. Poster displays will also be featured in the Newer Researchers Conference programme and will be allocated sufficient time in the Conference programme for participants to engage in dialogue and informal exchange. Posters will be on show in a specific location throughout the Newer Researchers Conference and all accepted Posters are entered for the high profile competition for the best posters displayed. Posters awarded a prize, or highly commended, are also displayed at the SRHE Annual Research Conference.

For those who wish to engage a wider audience, poster presenters at the Newer Researchers conference will be able to display their work at the Annual Research Conference from the 11-13 December, providing they book as delegates at this conference. Posters will be prominently displayed to attract the widest attention.

Posters will be displayed on 6 foot by 4 foot (1.8m x 1.2m) poster board. We recommend that poster presenters look at the guidelines set out at: Poster Design Information.

A symposium consists of the presentation of three or four related papers on a single theme, presented within a 75 minute session and led by a Symposium Convenor. In making a proposal for a symposium, the following should be provided:

  • A clear symposium title;
  • Name of the Chair (the Chair is usually a member of the symposium);
  • The Symposium Convenor’s institution;
  • A 400 word overview of the symposium submitted by the convenor;
  • A separate 400 word abstract for each presentation, including the names and details of all participating presenters. These may be submitted by the chair, or submitted by individual presenters using the online submission system.

Abstract Guidelines
As part of our commitment to the developmental nature of the Newer Researchers Conference, we provide guidelines to help you develop your skills in submitting and presenting research. As you will be submitting to a peer reviewed conference, the quality of your submission is an essential selection criterion.

In writing a strong abstract you will need to demonstrate some or all of the following elements: clarity of aims or focus, engagement with relevant literature and clear connection to the higher education setting in general.

The abstract should provide sufficient detail to enable reviewers to understand what will be presented. Each abstract should be up to 400 words in length and should contain the following:

  • Title of presentation (brief but indicative of contents).
  • Purpose of presentation: Clearly state what your specific presentation will seek to do before setting out the relevant debates and information on your research.
  • Clear statement on the nature of the research being presented (e.g. conceptual work, literature review discussion, reflexive analysis, empirical research) and the stage you will have been reached by the time of presentation (e.g. literature review completed, developing methodology, initial pilot study, developing theoretical framework for testing, ongoing research, reporting on completed research).
  • Methodology, approach and sample.
  • Key argument, findings, implications and/or conclusions to be presented.
  • Short list of references (it is important to locate your presentation in relation to the research literature and to refer to this).
  • Up to 5 keywords separated by a comma
  • If proposing a symposia then please note specific guidelines for submission of symposia.

Following peer-review, if reviewers have recommended that an abstract is not suitable for an individual presentation, it may be possible for an abstract to be re-written or for the work to be submitted as a poster presentation. This could be for a number of reasons which would include work still under development, or not of significant scale for individual presentation.

If you are invited to re-submit your work you will be given feedback to support you in re-writing your abstract in order that it meets the quality required for the conference.

Some additional tips

  • Write in a clear, concise and accessible way, keeping focused on what’s going to happen in this specific presentation rather than your work in general. ‘Get to the point’ quickly in the opening section, making it clear what you are going to present and why. Reviewers and delegates only have 400 words to become familiar with your work and your aims in this presentation, so spending a long time at the beginning mapping out the background to your general theoretical framework, or providing a long piece on the wider literature may not be as useful as clearly stating what your presentation will seek to do.
  • Try to avoid jargon, acronyms that are not explained, overly dense language or a focus on very specific terms or concepts that may not be familiar to a wider, international audience. The audience will include a range of people researching HE from many different perspectives.
  • Make good use of a small number of headings to structure your submission.
  • Ensure that you cover all of the areas required in an abstract that are relevant to your submission, perhaps noting where some are not applicable to help the reviewer understand what your research is and what it is not (e.g. if you work is primarily conceptual at this stage, or presents preliminary data make it clear that is the case).
  • Make reference to at least 3-4 key pieces of literature related to your field of research/enquiry. References are included in the word count, so a good balance is needed between using citations and not using up your word count.
  • Make good use of the word count – if you are well below or above the 400 word abstract, then you are probably not making effective use of the space.
  • Don’t forget that your abstract is not only submitted for reviewers to judge your submission, but will appear in the list of abstracts from which delegates will decide whether or not to attend your presentation. To help ensure you are attracting your target audience, make sure that your abstract is of a good quality and clearly states what you want to do and why.
  • Ask a friend, colleague or supervisor to read and comment on your abstract as a critical friend.
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Professor Mike Neary
Professor Mike Neary
University of Lincoln
Professor Philip Altbach - Keynote Speaker
Professor Philip Altbach
Center for International Higher Education ,Boston College USA
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Dr. Manja Klemenčič
Harvard University and University of Ljubljana
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Professor Sir Peter Scott
Institute of Education, University of London
Key Dates
  • 15 July - Newer Researchers Submission Deadline
  • August 2013 Author Acceptance Notification
  • August 2013 Draft Timetable Published
  • 30 September 2013 - Early Bird Discount Ends
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