Types of proposals

Individual paper; 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.

Individual Papers

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 Workshops

The number of abstract submissions to the SRHE Conference is high. In order to include the broadest range of high quality work submitted, a proportion of individual papers are accepted for presentation in a discussion workshop. Contributors are invited to present their work, along with other contributors, in the format of a discussion workshop. These workshops will offer the opportunity for short individual presentations of papers, and provide time for discussion of papers submitted on related themes. The timetabling of papers selected for Discussion workshops is undertaken with the direction of the Research Domain Lead Assessors to ensure that papers relate well to each other and address related themes. 


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. 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

These comprise discussions of linked contributions for which there is an overall chair/discussant and a minimum of three paper presentations for each session. The Round table format may be especially suitable for ‘work in progress’ submissions, providing a platform for discussion with other researchers working on related topics.

Proposals for roundtables must make clear what links the presentations and must include an abstract and a paper for each presentation. The proposal must include the name(s) of the chair/discussant and all participating presenters


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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