SRHE Annual Research Conference 2017 SRHE Newer & Early Career Researchers Conference 2017
SRHE International Conference on Research into Higher Education

Higher Education rising to the challenge:
Balancing expectations of students, society and stakeholders

Keynote Speakers:

Professor Susan Wright Plenary 1, Wednesday 11.00-11.45: Knowledge economy or ecology? Different ways of thinking about and organising the university.

Professor Susan Wright
Professor of Educational Anthropology at the Danish University of Education, Aarhus University
Professor Mary Stuart Plenary 2, Thursday 12.15-13.00: Higher Education rising to the challenge:
Stakeholders' Perspectives

Professor Mary Stuart
Vice Chancellor, University of Lincoln

Caroline Sundberg Plenary 2, Thursday 12.15-13.00: Higher Education rising to the challenge:
Stakeholders' Perspectives

Caroline Sundberg
Vice President, European Students' Union
David Sweeney Planary 3, Friday 11.15 – 12.00: Expectations for Research and Researchers:

David Sweeney
Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange at Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and Executive Chair Designate of Research England

More is required of universities than ever before, as they contribute to economic growth through research that has impact and as they educate citizens who can contribute to society and the working world. Tensions are inevitable but change produces new opportunities. Longstanding traditions of disinterested enquiry, of critique and of learning for its own sake may contribute to economic ends but may also be in tension with them. A drive towards excellence may produce beneficial change but may conflict with a wish for inclusion. Efficiency and effectiveness need to be tempered with a concern for wellbeing. Thus there are major challenges at system, institutional and individual levels to balance the many purposes of a university in the twenty-first century. This year’s conference provides an excellent opportunity to share our understandings of where we are today, to build for the future.

The SRHE Annual Research Conference attracts wide participation from researchers globally. It provides a stimulating international forum for papers of an empirical or scholarly nature relating to research into higher education, in the broadest sense, and from a breadth of different disciplinary perspectives. The conference is highly participative, promoting the dissemination and exchange of ideas in a variety of formats, across a range of research domains.

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