Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Education

Research Students' Education Conference 2017

University House, University of Leeds
Wednesday 17 May 2017, 9:00 - 17:00

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The School of Education at the University of Leeds is pleased to announce the Research Students’ Education Conference 2017 (RSEC) on the topic of IMPACT OF YOUR RESEARCH. PGR students from across the WRDTC (University of Sheffield, University of York and the University of Leeds) are invited to participate and attend.


The School of Education at the University of Leeds is pleased to announce the Research Students’ Education Conference 2017 (RSEC) and the theme is 'Impact of your Research'.

The conference will take place in University House, University of Leeds on Wednesday 17th May

Being a conference organised by students for students for the past 11 years, we aim to provide a platform for bringing all Education PGR community together. 

This is a free event and lunch will be provided. 

Call for papers: the deadline for submitting abstracts is 31st March 2017. Please send no more than 250 word abstract for a presentation and/or a poster to edursec@leeds.ac.uk.

The research work presented may be at any stage in its development, from design, to analysis to final results, but is assured of an attentive and sympathetic reception. Presentation of research work in this way is regarded as a key part of research students' development as researchers.

Get valuable feedback from experienced academic staff and from your session attendees

  • Meet fellow PGR students and benefit from their experiences
  • Benefit from formal and informal discussions
  • Expand you academic networking and increase the opportunity for research collaborations
  • Start thinking of the Impact of your Research
  • Get to hear from our very knowledgeable and renowned scholar and academic keynote speaker Dr. Prof. Patricia Thomson

Please note: The registration process for participants and attendees is now open and will continue till the 7th of May, 2017.

Professor Pat Thomson

12:10-13:10 – Great Woodhouse

Writing and the Impact Agenda

When academics communicate their research, writing is always involved. We now not only write academic journal articles, chapters and books but a range of other publications too. These days, academics increasingly write for print and online newspapers and magazines and for specific professional publications. We also blog and engage with wider publics through social media. Some of us create exhibitions and write research-based performances. Appearing on radio or television also often requires us to develop written scripts. The proliferation of places to engage requires us to develop a greater sense of audience, genre, style, our own author voice - and a strong sense of authority. I will discuss the challenges and pleasures of working for diverse readerships and writing in different forms and media. 


Professor David Sugden

15:50-16:05 – Great Woodhouse

Making a Difference Through Your Research

The starting point for making a difference through your research is the research question itself. Is it original? I accept that originality is a moving and sometimes evasive concept, but specifying what is new about the research opens up the niche into which it will eventually reside. Next, is the methodology rigorous? Only rigorous research methodology will ensure that the research will be of significance. These three starting points of originality, rigour and significance are the criteria by which the REF exercise uses to evaluate any submission. A further point is that making a difference in our field can take three overlapping forms. Research can make a difference to theoretical ideas, empirical work and professional practice. Often these transact on each other with consequences not foreseen at the outset. Finally, making a difference can be direct or indirect. Research often has direct impact such as teacher practices in the classroom; at other times, it is more indirect through such processes as administrative changes. All of the above to be discussed in an interactive session.


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