Proposals for a wide range of perspectives within higher education research contributions are welcome. Applicants are invited to contribute to this conference in a variety of ways, such as presenting an individual paper, contributing to a symposium, presenting a poster.

Proposals must be written in a narrative, in APA format and English. PowerPoint slides, summary tables, abstracts, or proposals to write a paper will NOT be considered. References, tables, charts, graphs, images, and figures should be added at the end of the document and are included in the word count. Uploaded proposals should be anonymised and therefore NOT contain author identification. Submissions will be removed from consideration if the paper exceeds the word limit or includes author identification. Presenting authors may present up to max. 2 proposals. Authors should choose one of the themes that fit most closely to the content of the presentation. Proposals will be reviewed and scheduled according to these themes. If you are unsure about the best fitting theme, please choose ‘other’. The chosen theme does not influence your review outcome.

Empirical and scholarly research from a wide range of perspectives are welcome. Theoretical or methodological proposals are welcome and should include information regarding methods, techniques, or modes of inquiry (including explicit reference to data sources, evidence, objects, or materials). All research work submitted for presentation is subject to rigorous peer review.


1.        Learning, Teaching & Assessment

2.        Students & Staff

3.        Curriculum Design

4.        Institutional Management & Leadership

5.        Technology in Higher Education

6.        Scholarship of Teaching and Learning 
           (focus on systematic innovation of higher education)

7.        Other

Proposals should present the research contribution and its relevance to research into higher education or the innovation of higher education. In addition, each proposal should state its relevance to the conference theme (if any), define at least three topic keywords, and explain its contribution of higher education research and practice. Contributions may be made in various forms and should include the research questions addressed, methods used and results found, and a description of how the results build on prior research. Proposals must provide a summary of the research contribution, results and brief statement of the implications for educational practice with a focus on action.

Be aware: One criterion for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning track is different from the other tracks. We expect that submitters for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning track address "Methodologies for educational change (including explicit reference to data sources, evidence, objects, or materials)". For an extended overview of the criteria per format, see:

>> Formats for presentations

Before submitting, please consider the specific assessment criteria, as neglecting these criteria might lead to the rejection of your submission.

>> How to avoid rejection


The following criteria will assess all submissions:

  • The relevance of the proposal should be directly related to a topic of interest for higher educational research; 
  • The proposal should involve systematic enquiry of an empirical or analytic nature and should refer to a theoretical framework;
  • It should set out the background, method, results and implications in a manner which is accessible to a scholarly audience;
  • It should take into account the international higher education audience and explain the study's particular context; and
  • The proposal should help to develop a scholarly dialogue and/or relate to current policies or educational debate.

14 June 2019 : Deadline proposals

In submitting my proposal I am aware that it is expected of me to peer-review other proposals.