Congratulations to this year’s SRHE Newer Researcher Poster Prize winner, Fionna McLauchlan (King’s College London). Fionna’s poster, entitled “Care Experience and Higher Education Choices: How does experience of the care system in England influence higher education decision-making and choices for care experienced young people entering undergraduate study in the UK?” is available to view here: click here to view.

This year’s conference programme can be viewed as a PDF by clicking here. A full programme, including abstracts is available via our conference platform Oxford Abstracts for those registered to the event. Posters can also be viewed in the Poster Gallery in Oxford Abstracts.

Editor sessions

with Professor Ellen Hazelkorn, joint Editor of Policy Reviews in Higher Education

with Dr João Miguel dos Santos. In this two-part session, João will discuss on a number of topics relating to peer review including: being or becoming a first-time reviewer; the relationship between peer reviewers and editors; and good peer reviewing practice. Following João’s presentation, participants will have the opportunity to interact with examples of peer reviews, and ask questions about the peer review process.

About this session: Proposing, coordinating and publishing a successful special issue in a journal can have many advantages: it gives one the possibility to discuss a topic throughout multiple connected articles, it can help to open a new strand of research, it gives important academic experiences, and it can have a positive effect on one’s career. Based on his experience as a special issues editor, Jens Jungblut will provide some insights into important questions that one needs to address in the process of proposing and coordinating a special issue. This includes fundamental questions like why one should do a special issue, how to prepare a good proposal, how to structure the editorial process, and how to promote one’s work after publication.

Jens Jungblut works as an Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science at the University of Oslo. Prior to this, he was a postdoctoral researcher at Stanford University and at the International Centre for Higher Education Research (INCHER) at the University of Kassel. He received his PhD from the University of Oslo. Jens’ main research interests include party politics, policy-making, and public governance in the knowledge policy domain (higher education and research), organizational change in higher education, and the role of (academic) expertise in policymaking. Jens is one of the two special issue editors for Studies in Higher Education.

faciltiated by Research into Higher Education Abstracts editors Dr Roz Collings and Dr Shweta Mishra

SRHE Network Events

with Dr Karen Smith and Prof Colin McCaig.

In this session, we’ll give  an overview of the HEP network events that we have hosted this year, and how they are shaping plans for our schedule next year. We’ll invite attendees to share their own ideas for HEP network sessions, and to how HEP and the SRHE more broadly can support researchers with an interest in policy research.

facilitated by Dr Namrata Rao and Dr Patrick Baughan. Our LTA network convenors will introduce the network and reflect on its activities to date, including presenting a paper which has been published on the basis of their exchanges as LTA network convenors.

with Dr Omolabake Fakunle and Dr Mark Kerrigan. If you missed our meet-up last week, you’re very welcome to connect with us on the chat, and via the NR Padlet:

You can find out more about our NR network here:

You might also be interested in joining the SRHE Newer Researchers LinkedIn group:

Postgraduate Issues Network: a chance to meet the Convenors and raise issues of interest.

The Postgraduate Issues Network was established in 1995 to help its members find out about new developments in the field of postgraduate education and to interpret these for their own use and benefit. More specifically the network is concerned with quality issues, issues of good practice, care and wellbeing concerns for researchers and their supporters, financial issues, policy and practice issues specific to and independent of discipline and matters relating to employment. This growing network has many members (researchers, supervisors and research supporters of many kinds) including a number in mainland Europe, the USA, , Canada, Australia and Hong Kong.

The network offers its members much more than a series of meetings: it aims to be a true network of mutual support in which ideas, concerns, materials and help are shared in a collaborative, collegial way.

The challenge of critical employability research in practice – thinking about routes to impact

with network convenors Dr Ciaran Burke, Dr Tracy Scurry, and Dr Fiona Christie

In this roundtable discussion session we will consider the challenges of using critical employability related research in practice. We will consider how critical employability research has been used by participants to shape both their own practice and that of others within their own institution and beyond.  We will consider the different stakeholders that may benefit from engaging with this body of research and identify different strategies for reaching these audiences.

Sponsor sessions

In the first of two informal and interactive sessions on ‘Publishing in Academic Education Journals’, Routledge (Taylor and Francis) Portfolio Manager, Katrina Hulme-Cross will introduce key topics including how to choose the right journal for your research, open access, predatory publishing; and publication ethics.

This workshop is focussed on giving early career researchers an overview of the publishing process and advice on how to get their first academic book published.

Book a 1-2-1 meeting to discuss a new book proposal with Bloomsbury’s editor for higher education, Senior Publisher Alison Baker.

Click here to book 

Sarah Hyde, Higher Education Commissioning Editor, Routledge will be available to answer queries and give advice on publishing a book within the SRHE series. Please do contact her directly at to book a 10-minute chat. Please note that if this particular time doesn’t suit your schedule, Sarah would still be happy to hear from you, so please do get in touch.

This session will provide an overview of current Vitae activities and give context in the researcher development policy landscape in the UK, including discussions around research culture and the ways we support institutions in engaging researchers and managing cultural change through the HR Excellence in Research Award and Researcher Development Concordat.

In the second of two informal and interactive sessions on ‘Publishing in Academic Education Journals’, Routledge (Taylor and Francis) Portfolio Manager, Katrina Hulme-Cross will introduce key topics including preparing and submitting a manuscript to a journal, peer review; and using social media to highlight your research.

Launch events

Come along to this session to find out about exciting opportunities ahead with SRHE!

Firstly we are pleased to announce our new initiative, SRHE Accolades. The Accolades are range of awards recognising the contributions of our members to the field of Higher Education, to the academic community, and to SRHE itself.

We are also happy to launch a new round of our Newer Researchers Awards (2023), generously sponsored by Taylor and Francis. Come along for more details about how to apply!