This pre-Seminar to the ECER 2014 Conference (, is co-organised by EERA Network 22: Research in Higher Education and the Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE), in cooperation with Centre for Research and Intervention in Education (CIIE) from FPCE - University of Porto

Date: Monday, 1 September

Venue: Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences, University of Porto
Rua Alfredo Allen 4200 -135, Porto,  Portugal

Over the past years, in many European countries, higher education has been in turmoil as, for example, budget cuts have impacted significantly on the lives of  academics and students in higher education institutions. Higher education institutions are still expected to be one of the driving forces of nation states by creating new knowledge and educating a future workforce.

The aim of this seminar is to:

  • bring together colleagues from various European countries to discuss how higher education can cope with turbulent times and how to move forward.
  • bring insights into and examples from various European countries on current developments in higher education.
  • provide a meeting point for emerging researchers to discuss current issues and network with established researchers in the field of higher education.

In order to promote lively discussions and a possibility to network and share opinions the second half of the seminar will be interactive workshops. There will be four parallel sessions each of which has moderators to promote lively discussions. The results of these interactive sessions will be reported on and disseminated.


Chair: Jani Ursin, Link-Convenor of EERA Network 22: Research in Higher Education

11.30–12.30            Registration and networking


13.30–14.00            Welcome
Helena Costa Araujo, Director of CIIE
Helen Perkins,  Director of Society for Research into Higher Education

14.00–15.00            Keynote:
'What is the nature of the relationship between   changes in European higher education and social science research on higher education and how can it be strengthened?'                        
Professor Rosemary Deem (Royal Holloway, University of London, UK)

15.00–15.30           Instructions for parallel sessions

15.30–17.00           Parallel sessions    


Session 1:              

Future prospects in HE for Early Career researchers                    
Presenters/Facilitators: Dr Patrick Baughan Learning Development Centre , City University UK                                                             
Dr Liudvika Leisyte, TU University Dortmund, Germany


Session 2:

Sustaining  high quality teaching and learning in higher education                     
Presenters/Facilitators:   Dr Paul Ashwin, Lancaster University                                         
Dr Mari Karm, University of Tartu, Estonia


Session 3:

Developing as a researcher in turbulent times: becoming and being an ‘extended’ professional’                       
A presentation by Professor Linda Evans University of Leeds                      
Facilitator: Dr Christine Teelken, VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands

‘In this lecture Professor Evans will draw upon her own work on researcher development, to analyse what it takes to be an ‘extended’ researcher in the precarious and changing 21st century European Research Area (ERA). Adapting Eric Hoyle’s work on ‘extended’ and ‘restricted’ models of professionality, characteristics of the ‘restricted’ and ‘extended’ European researcher will be proposed. Of particular relevance to early career academics and researchers, the lecture will address  issues related to how they may develop their research skills and raise their profiles.’

Session 4:

Higher education and employment: building the connections                    
Presenters/Facilitators:  Dr Camille Kandiko Howson, King’s Learning Institute, King’s College  UK                                     
Auxiliary Professor Mariana Alves, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal


17.15–18.30     Summing up the workshops and the seminar

18.30–20.30     Reception (sponsored by SRHE)


Regsitration is free.
Please Visit the SRHE website for registration:


Regsitration is free.
Please Visit the SRHE website for registration: