CANTERBURY CHRIST CHURCH UNIVERSITY
POST-GRADUATE RESEARCH ASSOCIATION
CONFERENCE 13 JUNE 2013
‘The Accessibility of Research’
Call for Papers
CCCU – PGRA is pleased to announce that the 12th annual conference will be held at the North Holmes road campus on Thursday 13th June 2013. This is an opportunity for post-graduate students and researchers from a wide range of disciplines to present elements of their work to fellow academics- and academics in training- in a comfortable, friendly environment.
Following the highly successful conference of 2012 on the topic of the Value of Research, this year’s theme delves a little deeper into the world of the academic researcher by seeking out your understandings of ‘The Accessibility of Research’ across the diverse disciplines in which you are working. The theme implies a reflexive approach to the work of the academic- engaging with the outside world to make their work available and accessible, and demanding availability and accessibility from their peers’ work.
The conference is organised in conjunction with the Graduate School, and this year with the participation of CReaTE- a repository containing research produced by Canterbury Christ Church University researchers, including over 6,000 journal articles, conference papers, videos and more.
Researchers from all disciplines are invited to submit a proposal for a paper, poster, or performance to present at the conference which reflects the theme in your field of activity. There are some ideas listed below for the way you might apply the theme; this is not an exhaustive list, and you are entirely free to adapt these to fit your area of speciality.
Making my research accessible to others in my field
How to access research, and researchers in my field
How, or why, to frame my research to make it accessible to researchers in other disciplines
Practical problems with accessibility to research due to financial, physical or time restraints
Accessibility of research and gender issues
How to broaden the appeal of research to students in FE and HE, and whether to 'demystify' research
How to identify, and access research participants- and make the finished research accessible to them
Making research accessible to students on placement based programs
The use (and abuse) of complex language- does this make research inaccessible
Closing the gap between research and practice- accessibility and relevance
Your presentation of a paper, poster, or performance can reflect on some of the above themes of ‘Accessibility of Research’ – but the extent to which you include an interpretation of the theme is down to you, and in many cases will be dependent on your discipline and topic of enquiry. However, it will be very much hoped that proposals will include some reflection on the theme.
Conference Organisation- and Application Requirements
1. Submitting Papers
Please submit a short abstract of your paper- no more than 500 words- by e-mail to email@example.com. The closing date for proposals is 30th April, papers will be reviewed, and responses sent, by 15th May.
Please note that the time allowed for presentations is strictly set at 30 minutes- you should prepare sufficient material for 20 minutes of presentation and 10 minutes for Q & A. The seminar rooms are equipped with projectors linked to the computer and white boards. We do not have general availability of interactive boards, or overhead projectors.
The conference will run for one day, starting at 0930 hrs. and finishing at 1630 hrs. A full timetable will be communicated to you nearer the date. Attendance is free to all, as members of the PGRA or a similar research association- if you wish to attend without presenting please inform the organisers. Coffee and a light lunch will be available to all conferees.
3. Canterbury Christ Church University
We are situated near the town centre of Canterbury- for access details please go to the university website at www.canterbury.ac.uk . Please note that there is no provision for private car parking on campus- please use public transport, or the park & ride facilities.
4. Contacting us
If you need any more guidance/help please e-mail the conference organisation committee on firstname.lastname@example.org
We will also have a dedicated web-page which will include details and updates on the organisation of the conference and details of the plenary session speaker.
PGRA Representatives: John Heron and Simon Bransden
We regularly organise conferences, workshops and seminars in connection with our research. These events are often held at our main campus in Canterbury, but also take place at our other campus locations – Broadstairs, Folkestone, Medway and Tunbridge Wells.
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