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Education Studies Postgraduate Research Conference 2024

The 11th Education Studies PGR Conference offers a dynamic and engaging environment for postgraduate researchers to present and discuss their research. This free conference is open to researchers at all stages of their programme and welcomes presenters from a variety of disciplines whose research and experiences of research connect with education in its broadest sense.

This year, we will be exploring the theme 'A hopeful and ambitious education: navigating uncertainty, complexity and change'. We hope that this theme will inspire you to consider the meaningful and positive impact your research may have on the rich and diverse world of education. We look forward to receiving abstractsLink opens in a new window that engage with education in all its forms, irrespective of their relevance to this broader theme. As a guide, we have listed some possible related sub-themes on this page, but submissions that focus on other areas connected with education are welcome.

This event will take place online over two half-days, 26th- 27th April 2024, with attendanceLink opens in a new window open to taught or research postgraduate students as well as the wider academic community. There will be presentations, discussions, networking, question-and-answer sessions, as well as plenary panels each day with renowned experts in the field.

We are seeking ECRs and PGR Alumni for two online parallel networking sessions on the dates of the conference, that is, 26thApril 2024 (1700-1720) and 27thApril 2024 (1100-1120). Additionally, you could also opt to join as a speaker in the ECRs and PGR alumni panel discussion during the in-person event on 02nd May 2024 (1400-1430). These networking sessions are intended to connect current PGRs with ECRs and PGR alumni and benefit from their experiences, insights, and pathways. We request interested ECRs and PGR Alumni to kindly get in touch via email.

We are paying particular attention to equality and diversity issues, and we are using evidence-based guidance to produce an inclusive conference within our means. If you would like advice or support on presenting or are unsure whether you are at a stage where you are ready to present, please see our FAQs pageLink opens in a new window or get in touch via our emailLink opens in a new window. For postgraduate students wishing to present at the conference, abstracts should be submitted by 11th March 2024.

Keynote Speakers

Our keynote speakers have been invited to reflect on different facets of the conference theme.

Conference Committee

Conference Dates:

26th- 27th April 2024


  • Friday 26th April 2024 (1200 - 1700 GMT)

  • Saturday 27th April 2024 (0900 - 1300 GMT)


  • Online (Microsoft Teams)

Abstract Submission Deadline:

  • 11th March 2024 (2359 GMT)

Abstract Sub-themes:

- Childhood and early years
- Curriculum, assessment and pedagogy
- Educational effectiveness and improvement
- Eduational leadership
- Educational policy
- Globalisation and international perspectives
- Health, wellbeing and education
- Higher and further education
- Inclusive education and SEND
- Language and literacy
- Post-compulsory and lifelong learning
- Practitioner research
- Race, equity and social justice
- Religion, values and education
- Research methodology in education
- Researcher experiences and auto-ethnography
- Science, educational technology and mathematics
- Sexualities and gender
- Social theory, philosophy and education
- Sustainability and education
- Teacher education and development
- Other fields