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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who can present at the conference?

A: All postgraduate researchers with an interest in the broad topic of education are welcome to submit an abstract. You can be at any stage in your research, with specialisations in any phase or topic of education.

Q: I haven’t got much experience of presenting, what if I don’t feel very confident?

A: We’ve all felt that way before, but the conference is very welcoming and a great way to get practice in presenting, a skill that you’ll be glad to have built when applying for jobs and opportunities in the future.

Q: I haven’t collected any data yet in my research, can I still present?

A: Yes! You don’t need to have original data to get involved - we welcome all types of content. For example, you could present a review of a research area, an overview of existing policy, a reflection on practice from your own experiences, an overview of your proposed project, or a book review. If you’re not sure, send us an email and one of our friendly committee members will be glad to talk you through your ideas.

Q: What are the expectations with time commitments? I’m very busy but still want to get involved!

A: The presentations at the conference are only 20 minutes long, including questions from the audience.We'd love for you to stay and support other presenters throughout the day, but we understand if that’s not possible. The conference will take place over two days so if you’re restricted by which day is feasible, please let us know when submitting your abstract so we can try to accommodate your needs. Equally, you may instead like to submit a poster along with a recorded presentation for others to watch asynchornously.

Q: I am from another university, can I present?

A: Yes, we highly encourage postgraduate students from all universities across the world to present and attend!

Q: Do I have to pay in order to attend or present?

A: No, this conference is free for all!

Q: I have submitted an abstract but can no longer attend the conference. How can I cancel my registration?

A: Please contact us as soon as possible so that we can amend the conference programme.

Q: Why is the conference not in-person or hybrid?

A: The department and conference committee has chosen to organise an online conference as it allows the event to be much more accessible and inclusive. Online conferences avoid travel, accommodation and food costs for participants; allow for flexibility around childcare and work; and means that people from across the world can engage. Despite being organised without any funding and by a small committee of volunteers PGR students, last year's conference allowed participants from over 30 universities across 7 countries to get involved! This achievement would not be possible if it were not online.

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