ECR Preconference

BESA Early Career Researcher Pre-Conference

Early Career Researcher (ECR) Pre-Conference


University of Glasgow
University Avenue
G12 8QQ

Venue: Western Infirmary lecture theatre building (WILT)

 BESA Early Career Researcher Pre-Conference Programme (PDF)

 Glasgow University Campus Map (PDF)

The 3rd Early Career Researcher (ECR) Preconference will take place this year on the 25th June at the University of Glasgow.

The preconference has been developed in preparation for the Annual BESA Conference at the University of Glasgow which follows directly after on the 26th-27th June 2014. It has been developed so that post-graduate students and new researchers can attend workshops that will benefit their studies and future career opportunities. Confirmed workshops and speakers include:

  • From thesis to book: writing for publication (Michele Schweisfurth, University of Glasgow)
  • Developing academic writing for timely doctoral completion (Oscar Odena, University of Glasgow)
  • Get followed and get networking: using social media to promote your research (Mark Murphy, University of Glasgow)
  • How to design focus groups for effective research outcomes (Suanne Gibson, University of Plymouth)
  • Nail the dream job: increasing your employability (Dickon Copsey, University of Glasgow)
  • Designing questionnaires in education research (Trevor Male, University of Hull)

The BESA ECR Preconference is a FREE event, lunch will be provided and the event will run from 9.30-4.30pm.



Welcome from BESA and the University of Glasgow
Room 114, WILT Building
Dr. Mark Murphy, Chair of BESA, University of Glasgow


Parallel sessions 1

A Designing questionnaires in education research Dr. Trevor Male, University of Hull Room 112a
B How to (and how not to) write for publication: discussion with a journal editor Prof. Michele Schweisfurth, University of Glasgow Room 112b
C Submitting your abstract and Presenting at conferences Dr. Ioanna Palaiologou, BESA Room 114


Break (tea and coffee)


Parallel sessions 2

A Trials and Tribulations in the PhD: A Discussion PhD Students, University of Glasgow Room 112a
B Building professional networks beyond academia through LinkedIn Dr. Dickon Copsey, University of Glasgow Room 112b
C Q Methodology Dr. Zeta Brown, BESA Room 114


‘Academic Speed-dating’ Networking lunch


Parallel sessions 3

A ‘Dialogue and space’ – considering the focus group Dr. Suanne Gibson, University of Plymouth Room 112a
B Bridging the digital and academic divide: making social media work for your research Dr. Mark Murphy, University of Glasgow Room 112b
C Blood Sweat and Tears (How to survive the viva) Dr. Steven McKinney, University of Glasgow Room 114


Break (tea and coffee)


Expert Panel Q&A Forum (Room 114)
Chair: Dr. Ioanna Palaiologou CPsychol, BESA
Panel: Dr. Trevor Male, Dr. Will Curtis, Dr. Alan Howe, Dr. Suanne Gibson, Dr. Zeta Brown



If you plan to attend the preconference in addition to the main BESA 2014 conference on the 26-27th June, please register for both conferences on the secure online booking form (external link). If you plan to attend the preconference only, please use the booking form below.