SRHE Newer Researchers – Autumn Programme 2012

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If your research interests encompass any aspect of higher education, you might want to consider membership of the Society for Research into Higher Education. Membership fees are very affordable for students (£30 for the year), and this gives you access to many workshops and events for free (though you will need to book a place).

Below is the programme for the Newer Researcher Network’s Autumn workshops – any one of which, in my humble opinion, is worth the membership fee alone. 

SRHE bannerNewer Researchers, Autumn Programme 2012
Venue: SRHE, 73 Collier Street, London N1 9BE

  • Academic Writing Skills Wednesday 12th September 2012
  • Demystifying and Preparing for the Doctoral Viva Tuesday 16th October 2012
  • Developing Theoretical perspectives from your research: Thursday 27th September 2012
  • Publishing Academic Articles Tuesday 6th November 2012
  • Undertaking a Literature Review Wednesday 24th October 2012

To book for any of the above go to

Academic Writing Skills
Dr Rowena Murray, Associate Dean (Research), Faculty of Education, Strathclyde University
Wednesday 12th September 2012

This session will introduce a practical strategy that can help academic writers start and develop a writing project. Writing to prompts – in several forms – is a strategy described in two books, Writing for Academic Journals and How to Write a Thesis. At this workshop participants will be asked to try this strategy, discuss it and reflect on its potential uses in their own writings.
Rowena Murray worked in the Centre for Academic Practice at Strathclyde University for 15 years and is now Reader and Associate Dean (Research) in the Education Faculty. She supervises PhDs and runs workshops, courses and consultancies on academic writing. Her research has been funded by the British Academy and Nuffield Foundation. She publishes books and articles on academic writing, including How to Write a Thesis and Writing for Academic Journals. She is editor of a series on higher education, beginning with The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (2009) and co-authored a book on research supervision (2009).

Demystifying and Preparing for the Doctoral Viva
Dr Sara Delamont, University of Cardiff
Tuesday 16th October 2012

The purpose of this workshop is to examine the doctoral viva process and experience in order to help doctoral researchers consider how they can be better prepared for the viva.

‘Success’ in a doctoral viva is the product not only of writing a good thesis, but also of being well prepared for the viva. The doctoral viva is, however, shrouded in mystery. How can doctoral candidates equip themselves to manage the challenges of the oral examination?

In this workshop we aim to demystify the viva and to offer practical strategies for success in the examination. Understanding the viva is crucial to a constructive viva experience. We will, therefore, consider the range of purposes served by the viva and explore how the viva works. Following this, we will reflect on how doctoral students can devise personalised ways of preparing effectively for the oral examination.

Sara Delamont DSc Econ, AcSS is Reader in Sociology at Cardiff University. She is the author of Supervising the PhD, The Doctoral Experience and Successful Research Careers. She has examined PhD theses in 23 different UK universities.

Developing Theoretical Perspectives from your Research
Professor Linda Evans, University of Leeds
Thursday 27th September 2012

The purpose of this interactive event is to help newer researchers consider how they can generate theory from their research: a key skill for a newer researcher.

The workshop is aimed at demonstrating to early career researchers how they may deepen the analysis that they apply to their research in order to incorporate theory and theoretical perspectives. This will be an interactive session; attendees will participate in activities directed at enhancing their understanding of theory and how it may be applied to their work.
The workshop will be equally useful to those working on empirical and non-empirical research studies.

The author of five books, including ‘Reflective Practice in Educational Research; Developing Advanced Skills’, Professor Evans is an experienced qualitative researcher and teacher of research methods. She is Professor of Leadership and Professional Learning at the University of Leeds. Her research interests and expertise lie in the substantive field of professional development, including researcher development and research leadership. She is the editor of the International Journal for Researcher Development.

Publishing academic articles: a way through the maze
Dr Karen Smith, University of Greenwich, Ian White, Routledge, Taylor and Francis
Tuesday 6th November 2012

This will be an interactive session which will cover:

  • the mechanics of getting published IN JOURNALS – covering preparation and research through to peer-review and post-publication
  • How to choose the right journal in which to publish considering that there are now such a multitude
  • Working with other people; gaining and using their feedback (collaborators, critical friends, reviewers)
  • Identifying the differences between writing for journals and other forms of writing with which you may be more familiar

Karen Smith is a Senior Lecturer in Educational Development at the University of Greenwich, where she is teaches on the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education. Karen is an active higher education researcher and has published over twenty journal articles. Her research interests are around the language of higher education policy and practice; transnational education; and internationalisation. In 2009, Karen was awarded the SRHE newer researcher prize for a project looking at academics’ experiences of teaching overseas. Karen sits on the editorial board for the journals: Enhancing Learning in the Social Sciences and Teaching in Higher Education and is co-author of Doing your Undergraduate Social Science Dissertation, published by Routledge.

Ian has been working in the academic journal publishing industry since 1994. Currently responsible for journal commissioning and management with Routledge/Taylor & Francis, Ian was previously an Editor working on Geographical Abstracts: Human Geography whilst with Elsevier. He joined Taylor & Francis in 1998, and has worked on their education journals programme ever since. Ian includes two of the SRHE’s journals in his current management portfolio.

Undertaking a Literature Review
Dr Christopher Hart, University of Chester
Wednesday 24th October 2012

This session is about doing a search and review of the literature for your research proposal and subsequent research project. We will map out the different sources and resources which can be used to find relevant research, ideas and theories. We will then go on, using examples, to look at what makes for a competent review, occasionally stopping on the way to think about methodological assumptions and their consequences. The session will be part talk, part demonstration and part hands-on, with plenty of time of questions and discussion about your research.

(Sage/Open Chris Hart is currently at the University of Chester. He has held academic posts with Manchester, Salford, Birmingham City University and written learning materials for the Open University. Chris has written several textbooks on research including Doing a literature review University) and Doing your masters dissertation (Sage). Recent publications include, The legacy of the Chicago school of sociology (2010), Talcott Parsons: theory, development, and applications, Essays examining the relevance of Parsonian theory in the 21st Century (2009), and Heroines and Heroes: symbolism, embodiment, narratives and identity (2008). He has been research director for a number of national and international projects funded by public and commercial organizations. In 2006, Chris was research director for the largest private study of a community of interest (fans) ever undertaken, covering the European trading zone, across 12 countries, five currencies and 800,000 respondents (funded by European motor manufacturers Mercedes, BMW and Audi). Chris is currently working on a number of books including an analysis of the landmark 1984 Apple MacIntosh commercial, Mrs Miniver and propaganda and a second edition of Doing a literature review. Chris may be contacted at:

Event booking details

To reserve a place at this seminar please register at telephone +44 (0) 207 427 2350. SRHE events are open to all and free to SRHE members as part of their membership package. The delegate fee for non-members is £25 up until 31 July and £45 from 1 August. Non-members wishing to join the Society may do so at the time of registration and the delegate fee will be waived. Please note that places must be booked in advance and that a £45 fee for non-attendance will be charged if a place has been reserved but no notice of cancellation/non-attendance has been given in advance.

These workshops are free to members, and SRHE Membership rates from 1st August 2012 are:

      • Students £30
      • Students £35
      • Individual £100
      • Individual £100
      • Retired £40
      • Retired £45

For further details on membership, visit the SRHE website at


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