Presentation Formats

Individual paper; Discussion group session; Symposium; Round table; Poster

You are invited to contribute to this conference in a variety of ways: by presenting a paper, sharing in a symposium based on your own and others’ research or scholarly work (including work of a conceptual or theoretical nature) or by organising a ‘research directions seminar’ on a specific area of research. Empirical and scholarly research from a wide range of perspectives is welcome.

Accepted posters form an integral part of the academic programme and sessions are included in the programme for poster presenters to talk about their work.

Submissions may be made in more than one category of presentation format, enabling delegates to present an individual paper and participate in a symposium or a round table for example.

Individual Papers (30 minutes including discussion and Q&A)

Papers are invited for presentation under one of ten broad research domains. Each paper accepted for an individual presentation will be allocated a minimum of 30 minutes for presentation and discussion.

Discussion Group Session (30 – 90 minutes)

This type of session is best suited for papers on completed research or scholarly work. Authors present summaries or overviews of their work, describing the essential features. The formal oral presentation of work should be limited to 10 minutes. Related presentations are grouped according to theme or perspective which may include 2 – 4 papers and presentation time allocated will be 30 or 60 minutes accordingly. Time is provided after all of the presentations for Q&A and group discussion and engagement. The timetabling of papers selected for Discussion Group Session is undertaken with the direction of the Research Domain Lead Assessors to ensure that papers relate well to each other and address related themes. 

Authors may submit papers directly for a Discussion group Session. In addition authors submitting individual papers may be invited to present their work, along with other contributors, in the format of a discussion Group Session. The number of abstract submissions to the SRHE Conference is very high and in order to include the broadest range of high quality work submitted, acceptances on some individual submissions will be for presentation in the group discussion format.

Symposia (90 minutes)

Symposia provide the opportunity to present related papers on a single theme; the minimum number of papers is 4 and the maximum is 6 papers per symposium. Each paper will be individually reviewed for its own contribution and how it relates to the symposium rationale. A symposium will fail unless all papers are rated as good or excellent. Symposia will be allocated a 90 minute time slot no matter how many papers are submitted. It will be for the chair/convenor to decide how much time will be given per paper and allow enough time for audience engagement.

Symposia submissions can be made by one individual and all papers can be submitted together. Alternatively, a planned symposium can be set up and contributors may then add their papers individually using the online submission system. All papers submitted as part of a symposium must meet the quality criteria required for individual presentation for the Symposia to be accepted. 

Symposia proposals must state clearly:

  • the rationale for the symposium,
  • the names of the convenor and/or the chair of the symposium,
  • name of a discussant if appropriate,
  • the names and details of all participating presenters plus the title of each presentation planned.

The symposium proposal must include an abstract and a paper for each presentation.

Round tables (30-60 minutes)

Roundtables are an excellent means of getting targeted feedback, engaging in in-depth discussions, and meeting colleagues with similar interests. Roundtables can facilitate the hands-on exploration of case studies or materials and are especially suitable for ‘work in progress’ submissions, providing a platform for discussion with other researchers working on related topics.

Proposals for roundtables must include an abstract and a paper and 2-3 prepared questions: questions need not only be for you as the presenter, they may also be directed to the attendees at the session, encouraging their participation, feedback, and the sharing of lessons learned. Each presenter is in charge of his or her presentation, but most will include an extended discussion component with ample time for questions.


Researchers are invited to submit poster proposals for current projects which are at the proposal stage, are work in progress, or which report on specific completed research projects. Poster proposals should include an abstract and a paper. If the proposal is accepted the abstract will be published in the conference proceedings and the Paper included in the formal record of all accepted work. Presentation of the work at the conference will take the form of a poster. Posters will be on display for the duration of the conference and there will be a timetabled slot for contributors to present their posters and discuss the research with conference delegates.

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