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SRHE Annual Research Conference 12-14 December 2012

SRHE Newer Researchers Conference 11 December 2012


What is Higher Education for? Shared and Contested Ambitions

Celtic Manor, Newport in South Wales, United Kingdom


Dear Colleagues

The Society warmly invites contributions for its Annual Research Conference 2012.

Call for Papers available to download now at this link: SRHE Conference 2012 Call for Papers download

The Conference welcomes papers relating to further, higher, undergraduate, postgraduate and professional education in a wide range of research domains.

The Society’s Annual Conference is a truly international event bringing together delegates and contributors from over 40 countries. We hope researchers and scholars from the many forms of higher education globally and in the UK will contribute to this Conference, stimulating international debate on the way in which higher education is responding to economic, social and political and cultural pressures and both re-defining and re-asserting its nature and purpose. As higher education researchers, we aim to provide significant, meaningful research insights and knowledge to inform and guide universities, governments and societies.

This year’s conference will examine many perspectives on the role and value of higher education and explore ways in which research into higher education can support and strengthen shared ambitions and illuminate contested ones by taking a broad and multi-faceted view of the nature and purposes of higher education.

The SRHE Annual Conference provides a major platform for the presentation and sharing of research in every aspect of higher education and is a highly participative event, offering a range of plenaries and smaller discussion groups and seminars.

You are invited to contribute to this debate in a variety of ways: by presenting a paper, sharing in a symposium, including work of a conceptual or theoretical nature, or organising a round table on any aspect of this year’s theme or your own research interests. Empirical and scholarly research from a wide range of perspectives is welcome. Registrations from delegates not presenting work this year are warmly welcomed.

The deadline for submission of proposals is Friday 29 June 2012

This timetable will enable all submitting authors to receive early notification of papers accepted and take full advantage of early booking discounts.

We look forward once again to receiving your proposals and to another very successful conference at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, Wales, UK and I encourage you to submit your work and register for the conference as soon as possible.

Registration by 30 September 2012 will guarantee accommodation at the world famous Celtic Manor resort (rather than adjacent hotels) and attracts important early registration discounts. 

You will find all the information you need on making a submission on the Conference website:

Conference registration is now open.

If you have any additional enquiries or any difficulty accessing the Call for papers please email the Society at

We hope that you will contribute a paper and participate in this conference and look forward to seeing you in December 2012.

SRHE Newer Researchers’ Conference 11 December 2012

The SRHE Newer Researchers’ Conference on the same theme will take place at the Celtic Manor one day in advance of the Annual Research Conference.

This is an excellent event for postgraduate students and newer researchers, providing the opportunity to present research work in a nurturing environment and participate in a number of seminars and discussions. The Call for Papers for this Conference will be issued shortly and the timetable for submissions and registration are later for this smaller conference.

The SRHE Annual Conference is the largest UK based higher education research conference. Do please help us continue to extend the reach of this conference by forwarding this email to relevant colleagues and organisations.

Kind regards

Helen Perkins, Director, Society for Research into Higher Education

Further Information

For all abstract submissions, conference registrations, further information and updates on the Conference please access the Conference website at:

If you require any further information or assistance, please contact the SRHE Conference Team:


Conference Director: Helen Perkins Director, SRHE

Conference Organiser: Francois Smit,

Society for Research into Higher Education, 73 Collier Street, London N1 9BE, Tel +44 (0) 20 7427 2350, Fax +44 (0) 20 7278 1135,


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