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This pre-Seminar to the ECER 2014 Conference (, is co-organised by EERA Network 22: Research in Higher Education and the Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE), in cooperation with Centre for Research and Intervention in Education (CIIE) from FPCE - University of Porto
Venue: Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences, University of Porto
Rua Alfredo Allen 4200 -135, Porto,  Portugal
Over the past years, in many European countries, higher education has been in turmoil as, for example, budget cuts have impacted significantly on the lives of  academics and students in higher education institutions. Higher education institutions are still expected to be one of the driving forces of nation states by creating new knowledge and educating a future workforce.
The aim of this seminar is to:
bring together colleagues from various European countries to discuss how higher education can cope with turbulent times and how to move forward.
bring insights into and examples from various European countries on current developments in higher education.
provide a meeting point for emerging researchers to discuss current issues and network with established researchers in the field of higher education.
In order to promote lively discussions and a possibility to network and share opinions the second half of the seminar will be interactive workshops. There will be four parallel sessions each of which has moderators to promote lively discussions. The results of these interactive sessions will be reported on and disseminated. 
Seminar programme
Chair: Jani Ursin, Link-Convenor of EERA Network22: Research in Higher Education
11.30–12.30 Registration and networking
12.30–13.30 Lunch
13.30–14.00 Welcome
                      Helena Costa Araujo, Director of CIIE
                      Helen Perkins,  Director of Society for Research into Higher Education
14.00–15.00   Keynote:
'What is the nature of the relationship between changes in European higher education and social science research on higher
education and how can it be strengthened? 
Professor Rosemary Deem (Royal Holloway, University of London, UK)
15.00–15.30 Instructions for parallel sessions
15.30–17.00      Parallel sessions:
Session 1:
Future prospects in HE for Early Career researchers
 Presenters/Facilitators: Mr Patrick Baughan, Department of Learning Enhancement and Development, City University London,  UK 
                                       Univ. - Professor Dr Liudvika Leisyte, TU University Dortmund, Germany
Session 2:
Sustaining  high quality teaching and learning in higher education
Presenters/Facilitators:  Dr Paul Ashwin, Lancaster University
                                    Dr Mari Karm, University of Tartu, Estonia
In this workshop we will explore the challenges of using the available research evidence to sustain high quality teaching and learning in higher education. We will focus on two key and related issues in supporting high quality teaching and learning: the engagement of students in their learning and how we can use knowledge of this engagement to inform the professional development of academic staff. Through short presentations, as well as small group and plenary discussions, we will explore the following questions:
What tensions are there in the research evidence in these two areas?
What implications do these tensions have when we attempt to use this evidence to inform teaching and learning practices in higher education?
How can we make use of our institutional experiences to further develop the research evidence? 
How can we make the research evidence useable in our institutional  contexts?
Session 3:
Developing as a researcher in turbulent times: becoming and being an ‘extended’ professional’ 
A presentation by Professor Linda Evans University of Leeds
Facilitator: Dr Christine Teelken, VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands
‘In this lecture Professor Evans will draw upon her own work on researcher development, to analyse what it takes to be an ‘extended’ researcher in the precarious and changing 21st century European Research Area (ERA). Adapting Eric Hoyle’s work on ‘extended’ and ‘restricted’ models of professionality, characteristics of the ‘restricted’ and ‘extended’ European researcher will be proposed. Of particular relevance to early career academics and researchers, the lecture will address  issues related to how they may develop their research skills and raise their profiles.’
Session 4:
Higher education and employment: building the connections
Presenters/Facilitators:  Dr Camille Kandiko Howson, King’s Learning Institute, King’s College  UK  
                                  Auxiliary Professor Mariana Alves, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
Employability has always been a key feature of higher education, from the earliest days of the University of Bologna, to the vocational training of clerics, doctors and lawyers and the myriad professional, vocational and higher learning of today. This workshop brings together notion of “learning for learning’s sake” and “students’, institutions’ and governments’ needs for an educated workforce”. This workshop draws on research projects exploring employability from a variety of contexts. Three main themes discussed are:
- graduates' employability - relevance  for students options and perspectives
- graduates' employability - relevance for educational policies (either at national and/or institutional levels)
- graduates' employability - current trends concerning educational and professional trajectories
Employability will be considered in individual, institutional, national and regional contexts. The workshop will draw on research but will have an interactive basis, encouraging participants to reflect on how employability is conceptualised. Key issues include the impact of employability on students and graduates, particularly in relation to student fees; the role and relevance of educational policies; and future trajectories.
Workshop participants are asked to reflect on these issues, and to think about the following questions:
1. How do you frame 'graduates' employability'? What resources do you draw on for this? For example research, reports, websites…
2. How is ‘graduates’ employability’ framed in higher education research? What fields does this cover? What disciplinary approaches? 
3. What research, data and information will be needed in the future to enhance, assure and research graduates’ employability? 
Participants are encouraged to read Chapter 3 of the report linked below (Final Report):
17.15–18.30   Summing up the workshops and the seminar
18.30–20.30    Reception (sponsored by SRHE)


September 1st, 2014 from  1:30 PM to  6:30 PM
University of Porto, Portugal
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