Let’s tell eveyone about it: Current calls for papers

Well you might just about be reaching the end of marking, and thinking about where to showcase your research and development in academic practice. Here is a collection of current calls for papers for forthcoming events, relevant to education research.

Critical Perspectives on Professional Learning (Conference)
Call for Papers deadline: 4th February 2013
Event date: 17th June 2013, University of Leeds

Modelling Social Media:Mining, Modelling and Recommending ‘Things’ in Social Media  (Workshop)
Call for Papers deadline: 4th February 2013
Event: 1st May 2013, Paris, France

Qualitative and Ethnographic Research: Sharing and Shaping Pedagogies – Learning Through Doing (Conference)
Call for Papers deadline: 4th February 2013
Event: 10th May 2013, University of Exeter


Writing Life Postgraduate Symposium
Call for Papers deadline: 11th February 2013
Event: 22nd – 23rd March 2013, University of Malta

Student as Producer Conference
Research-engaged teaching and learning, curriculum design, student engagement
Call for Papers deadline: 18th February 2013
Event: 26th – 27th June 2013, University of Lincoln


Innovation in Health & Social Care Learning and Teaching (Conference)
Higher Education Academy
Call for Papers deadline: 22nd February 2013
Event: 5th – 6th June 2013, Leeds

altc2013 Building new cultures of learning

Association for Learning Technology

Call for Papers will open in late January 2013 and close for
submissions in March 2013.
Event: September 10th-12th 2013, Nottingham


Enhancement and Innovation in Higher Education

QAA International Enhancement Themes Conference

Call for Papers Closed but registration opens in January 2013

Event: 11th – 13th June 2013, Glasgow

If there are other events you know of, and think should be added to this list, please feel free to add the links using the comments, or email me (Karen Strickland) directly.


Crofter’s Club: Monday 26th November at 5pm

Are you looking for a chance to discuss the scholarship of teaching and learning in a relaxed environment? To consider new developments or classic papers over a drink? To have the chance to share your recent work or interests in teaching and learning with like-minded colleagues from different subject areas?

Then come along to the Crofters Club this coming Monday at 5pm (26 November). We meet at the Crofters Pub, opposite the Sighthill Campus and no formal bookings are required for this event. Just turn up and join in!

This month’s paper is by Jan Meyer & Ray Land, titled Threshold concepts and troublesome knowledge: Epistemological considerations and a conceptual framework for teaching and learning

Download here: http://bit.ly/WgCsCo

Or find it on Google Scholar here:  http://bit.ly/TbUerO

Just use one of the links above to download the paper, have a read and come along ready to share your views.

We look forward to meeting you!

Academic Writing Month


Do you have a paper to complete, conference presentation tugging at your conscience  just waiting to be transformed into a paper, or have you recently completed a project and the report needs written, got a book chapter waiting to be written? What’s stopping you? Need to set deadlines and get some moral support achieving them? Then #AcWriMo may just have come in time…

The 1st of November sees the start of academic writing month which is a public scholarship project lead by Dr Anna Tarrant. Academic writing month or #AcWriMo was started last year as #AcBoWriMo and based on the Novel writing month. The idea is to make public declarations of writing targets for the month of November on the PhDtoPublished and “call in” with your progress at regular intervals via twitter using the #AcWriMo hastag or on the PhDtoPublished blog site.

I have made my declaration on the blog and also posted to my own PhD blog 



There is also peer support available from Literature Review HQ as well as the PhDtoPublished blog and on twitter through using the hashtag #AcWriMo.


Thinking, great idea but rubbish time of year? Well there is never a good time so why not joining in and see how you get on?

Remember we also have the monthly silent writing sessions  on the first Wednesday of the month from 8am to 1pm on the fifth floor of the library in Sighthill and the Crofters Club at the last Monday of the month so you can get some face to face contact too.


What’s going on at the Crofters?

It’s not unusual for Mark to find alternatives to the classroom!

Crofting involves producing sustenance from sometimes stony ground, using what you have, developing multiple skills, being adaptable and recognising that things might take time and that commitment is needed. Not a bad metaphor for teaching then. I’d like to tell you that this inspired the title of The Crofters Club, but the eponymous pub at Sighthill where we meet on the last Monday of every month, at 5pm, also played its part. Our first gathering was an animated and ambitious affair, with discussion ranging from the meaning of dialogue to the effects of culture on communication. Although we used a paper – on feedback as dialogue – as the springboard for discussion we had soon splashed happily into different waters. What brought us together was a shared interest in teaching and learning and a desire to find and foster spaces where we can explore ideas and scholarship outside of the classrooms and away from the immediate practical concerns of work. We are doing our best to uphold the pub as home of intelligent discourse.

The problem of knowledge as a social construct, and how that fits with notions of hard empirical truth in the sciences, was proving a particularly thorny issue for me up until the last mouthful of the first pint. By half-way through the second I was making progress, as colleagues explained that this really came down to power imbalances in teaching and the need to be aware of how one is perceived. If only I had made it to the third enlightenment could have been mine…but it was time to go. The next meeting requires better planning.

On Monday 29th we aim to discuss using oral feedback and podcasts, led by Charlotte Chalmers; but that will be just the start. So why not come and join us – you can drop in for a quick lemonade or engage in more sustained refreshment. The only expectation is of a willingness to share your thoughts on and experience in teaching and learning. Hope to see you Crofting soon.

Mark Huxham

HEREN events

The start of the new academic year makes us all think ahead. So what’s in store this year for HEREN?

The HEREN core group are meeting in early October to discuss and plan HEREN activities, both locally in the schools and faculties, and wider networking events. If there is something you think would be useful to support education research activity, please feel free to contact your local HEREN core group member so they can bring this to the meeting in October.

There are a number of events available in the researcher development programme, as well as a monthly informal events like the Crofter’s Club, which is a monthly meeting for like minded academics, to discuss the scholarship of teaching and learning over a drink, and the monthly writing group which meets on the first Wednesday of the month, at the Sighthill Campus from 8am to 1pm for silent writing time, and the chance for peer review. Please contact Svetlana Vetchkanova for room details.

HEREN Writing Retreat

Last week a group of staff from Edinburgh Napier and a guest from Aberdeen University attended a three day residential writing retreat organised through HEREN and funded by the Edinburgh Napier teaching Fellows scheme.  The retreat was facilitated by David Baume PhD SFSEDA FHEA who is an independent international higher education researcher, evaluator, consultant, staff and educational developer and writer.

The retreat allowed participants time to focus on preparing articles for publication or papers for conference presentation without the usual interruptions of daily working life.  The format was a structured, facilitated retreat with opportunities for peer and facilitator support throughout giving a very supportive and collegiate feel to the event.

The facilitator used his experience to guide participants in the peer reviewing and publishing process, from choosing the publication outlet to dealing with reviewer’s comments.

Participants also enjoyed an after dinner presentation by Dr David Walker, Senior Learning Technologist in the University of Dundee and Visiting Lecturer in Technology-Enhanced Learning at Edinburgh Napier University, on Personal Learning Networks (PLN).  PLNs exploit social media tools to create communities of practice which provide networking opportunities.  The relevance for researchers and writers is that using social media such as Twitter, can help disseminate research and other published work and is therefore pertinent to writers. Still not convinced?  See the London School of Economics blog on whether blogging or tweeting about research is worth it http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2012/04/19/blog-tweeting-papers-worth-it/.

The participants all completed advanced drafts of their work, and have agreed to meet again for a half day over the summer to keep the momentutm of preparing papers up and offer peer review on each others work.

Overall this was a very enjoyable and productive  experience. We hope to run this again next year so please do look out for the message.

Welcome to the new blog site for HEREN

The HEREN Spring symposium was a successful event held on the 10th May 2012 in the beautiful Craighouse Campus at Edinburgh Napier University. The symposium brought together staff engaged in education research from across the institution and beyond to share projects and network. The event also welcomed staff new to research and a few new connections were made, hopefully to work on new projects.

The new Vice Principal (Academic) Professor Alistair Sambell, welcomed delgates to the symposium and shared his vision for a vibrant education research community contributing to enhancing the  student experience at Edinburgh Napier.

Dr Keith Smyth, Senior Teaching Fellow and Senior Lecturer presented the keynote, giving an overview of the landscape of education research in Scotland. This keynote presented findings from a survey of education research Keith participated in with colleagues from across Scotland. This was set against our activity at Edinburgh Napier and it was encouraging to see how our activity complemented that of the wider sector.

Parallel sessions allowed delegates the opportunity to hear about some of the education research projects from across the institution and provided the ideal opportunity to discuss the “how to” of research as well as the implications of the findings. Many of the projects were presented by staff who undertook projects as part of their PGCert in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education or Masters in Blended and Online Learning. The Edinburgh Napier Teaching Fellows were also well represented as a number of projects supported by the Teaching Fellow Development Grants were also showcased.

The closing plenaries were given by Dr Karen Aitchison and Professor Mark Huxham, who both challenged us to look towards to taking education research forward at Edinburgh Napier. Both were inspiring and uplifting, a perfect close to such an event…  not forgetting the cheese and wine!

We hope to run more sessions and events so why not sign up to the blog so you get an email alert when it’s updated? Never miss out again!

HEREN is the Hub for Education Research at Edinburgh Napier University. To find out more about what we do please visit the HEREN website