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Challenging Higher Education: Newer researchers' perspectives

Celtic Manor Hotel, Newport, South Wales, UK
7 December 2009 00:00

Now in its sixth year, the organisers are pleased to invite you to participate in the SRHE Postgraduate and Newer Researchers' (PGNR) Annual Conference. This one-day conference precedes the SRHE annual conference and will be held at the famous Celtic Manor, close to Newport in South Wales and venue for the prestigious Ryder Cup in 2010. The PGNR Conference is the main annual event of the SRHE Newer Researchers' Network.
The aim of this conference is to provide a supportive, capacity-building event for newer researchers in higher education. As well as the opportunity to present your work in a range of formats, the event provides opportunities for chairing papers, involvement in the panel discussions, and a range of networking events. This event is open to a broad community, including those in the early stages of a research career in HE, those currently studying in the field and those who may have more experience but are new to the issues in HE research and want to find out more.

This Conference will be chaired by Dr Arwen Raddon from the University of Leicester (UK) with co-chairs Mr Romulo Pinheiro from the University of Oslo (Norway) and Mr Patrick Baughan from City University London (UK). Dr Raddon is the Convenor of the SRHE Newer Researchers Network and a member of the SRHE Research and Development Committee. Romulo Pinheiro and Patrick Baughan are Co-convenors of the Network.

Conference Theme and Call for Papers

The theme of this year's conference again draws from that of the annual SRHE Conference, which is held directly following this event. However, the organisers also seek to bring additional areas of discussion, debate and reflection to this theme within the context of postgraduate and newer researchers' experience.

This year's theme - Challenging Higher Education: Newer researchers' perspectives - raises interesting debates and issues for examination. We can read the theme of 'challenging' in a number of ways, including the challenges faced in higher education but also the ways in which we are seeking to challenge the higher education environment through our practice, research and participation. You are invited to submit proposals under the following streams:

  • Theme 1 Facing challenges in higher education

Papers which explore responding to and dealing with current challenges in higher education:
knowledge, policy and practice

  • Theme 2 Challenging higher education

Papers which review, question or challenge higher education: knowledge, policy and practice

Proposals for analytical, reflexive or literature review-based presentations within these two streams are welcomed. Submissions will be peer-reviewed. Proposals which do not fall under the specific themes will be considered. However, please ensure that it is clear how they relate to the conference theme.

Submissions Process

The deadline for submission of proposals is 17 August 2009
Please submit an abstract of up to 450 words to the conference team using the online submission system. All proposals must be submitted electronically, via the SRHE website at Authors will find here all the instructions needed on what is required in making a submission.

Conference Registration

To register for the main Conference and/or the Postgraduate and Newer Researchers Conference please register online via the Conference website at The Postgraduate and Newer Researchers' Conference is a whole day event and the fee for this one day conference is £120 (£140 for non SRHE members), which includes attendance at all sessions, all conference material, refreshments, a light lunch and an early evening drinks reception. The organisers strongly encourage delegates at this one-day conference to stay on and attend the main Conference. Significantly reduced registration fees are offered for students to enable them to attend the main Conference.

Student and Newer Researchers Bursaries

The Society endeavours to assist the attendance of students and newer researchers at the SRHE Annual Conference .The Society will provide a number of bursaries this year to help full time students and newer researchers to attend one or both conferences as presenters. Details of now to apply for these bursaries will be posted on the conference website.

Special SRHE Membership Offer

SRHE is pleased to offer a 10% discount on one year of SRHE membership in conjunction with the Conference. Individuals joining SRHE when registering for the 2009 Conference can benefit from the reduced SRHE member rates for the Conference. SRHE members also benefit from free attendance at all Network events throughout the year. Please see the registration form for full details.


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