UN staff and PhD students invited to conference in Budapest

Date 12.11.2015

A record number of staff, PhD students and researchers from the University of Northampton have been invited to attend the ‘Education and Transition; Contributions from Educational Research‘ (ECER) conference in Hungary later this month.

The prestigious event – an annual European conference on education – will take place at Corvinus University in Budapest from 7 to 11 September. Fourteen researchers, staff and PhD students from across the University will be attending and sharing their research with experts from around the world. The staff and students are from the University’s School of Education, University Centre for Employability and Engagement and Office of the Vice Chancellor.

Dr Cristina Devecchi, Associate Professor in Education, commented: “I think it is remarkable that so many from our University have been accepted to share their research. Attending the conference is only one part of a bigger plan which involves supporting colleagues and students to learn about ‘research’ by doing it as part of a peer-support group which will end with publications of the work we present.”

“Much of the work we are going to present adds and supports the 2015-2020 University strategy, Transforming Lives + Inspiring Change, and some addresses it in a more direct way,” added Dr Devecchi.

Research presented by the University of Northampton at the conference will cover subjects including special educational needs, social entrepreneurship, widening student participation, learning mentorship, professional development, intellectual capital and international networking.

Wray Irwin, head of the University Centre for Employability and Engagement commented: “I am delighted that the Centre will be represented at the conference as the research we have collaborated on has made a significant contribution to our schools engagement strategy, and provided some new insights into the impact of such activities.”

Four PhD students and 12 members of academic and professional services staff will be attending the conference.

The conference programme is available on the ECER website. To keep up with the ECER conference on Twitter, use the hashtag:#ECER2015. The University of Northampton will be tweeting from the event using: #ECERUN. Dr Devecchi is on Twitter: @dmc_devecchi.