Aug 2012

Welcome to the conference archive!  Below is the original call for papers sent out.  To access the conference schedule, abstracts and media (including presentations slides and keynote video) please use the drop down menu found on the main page.  

To find out more about what happened, why not hear it from those that were there?  Below are links to various blog posts from delegates who wrote about their experiences at the conference.  Please click on their names to view their individual blog posts.

Nicola Kassam

(from a conference organiser’s perspective) Eljee Javier / Andrew Davies

Thanks for visiting!

(Updated 05 Sept 2012)

Postgraduate Student Conference 2012: “The Impact of Educational Research Methods on Developing the Postgraduate Researcher.” 

(Thursday 2nd & Friday 3rd August 2012)

This is an exciting event that brings together postgraduate researchers working in the broad fields of educational research and professional development.  This conference is intended to promote current discussion and new developments in educational research across disciplines with particular emphasis on examining its impact on policy, teaching and learning.

This event is part funded by Methods@Manchester, and there will be additional research training in relevant areas for academic professional development, which include research methods, digital networking and talks by alumni (full-time and part-time) on their experiences of completing their PhD. A complete schedule will made available closer to the event.  Click HERE to access the conference flyer.

Date:  Thursday 2nd & Friday 3rd August 2012
Venue:  Roscoe BuildingThe University of Manchester (Click HERE to view an online map)
Time:  Thursday 09.30 – 16.00 + (optional) Networking dinner, 16.00 – 20.00 // Friday 09.30 – 16.00


Thursday: Professor Helen Gunter (University of Manchester)

Friday: Professor Mark Hadfield (University of Wolverhampton)

The info below is quoted from the University of Wolverhampton website, please click HERE for more information and for a list of his latest publications.

“Mark’s recent research has focussed on the role of practitioner enquiry within collaborative school improvement efforts, including the role of young people and pupils. This interest arises out of his secondment to the National College for School Leadership where he lead the research team of their largest development and research programme, the Network Learning Communities programme.  Mark has had a long-term interest in the use of video within research and has recently been awarded an ESRC grant to explore the use of video with young people in participatory research. His many research projects involving video have been collated into the book ‘Video in Social Science Research: Functions and Forms’ and materials from them can be seen at the Urban Programmes Research Group website.”

Registration Information:   The conference is open to all current part-time and full-time PGR students interested in research in the field of education.  Registration closes 13th July 2012.  To register, please click on and complete the online registration form.

Participant fees and expenses:  The conference is free of charge to University of Manchester students and £10.00 for external, non-presenting participants. Lunch during both days will be provided and there is an optional networking dinner on Thursday evening that is not included.  All participants are responsible for their own travel expenses.


Conference Flyer – Click on the following link to download a copy –  PGR Conference Flyer

Twitter hashtag – Please add #RIManc12 to your tweets

Facebook Group – You can also visit us HERE

About us:   For more information about the PGRs at the School of Education as well as further conference information please come back and visit this website.  You can also follow us on Twitter @PGRSchoolofEd to receive the latest updates.

Contact:  For all other inquiries please email the conference coordinators Andrew Davies or Eljee Javier on


The following workshops are scheduled during the conference:

  • Introductory presentation to Nvivo 9 (and possibly 10)
  • Different modalities of video
  • Introduction to Endnote
  • Using Microsoft Word for qualitative analysis
  • Introduction to using VLEs for qualitative data analysis

Further workshops will be added, please check back for session updates and for a tentative conference schedule.


Thank you to everyone who submitted an abstract.  There has been an overwhelming response from researchers from quite a broad range of disciplines as well as locations!  There will be a tentative conference schedule published very soon.

In the meantime if you haven’t already registered and indicated your workshop preferences please do so as soon as possible.

Thanks and we look forward to seeing you this August!


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