Thursday, 6 May 2010

Fwd: International Perspectives on Undergraduate Research and Inquiry: A Scholarly Discussion

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Colleagues may find the details of the following international seminar of interest.


International Perspectives on Undergraduate Research and Inquiry:

A Scholarly Discussion

Pre-ISSOTL Seminar, Liverpool, UK, 19 October 2010, 0900-16.30 

Co-sponsored by the ISSoTL Advancing Undergraduate Research Special Interest Group


"Undergraduate research is now an international movement" (Jenkins and Healey, 2010)



The aims of this seminar are to:

a)      Explore how undergraduate research and inquiry are conceived, delivered, supported and funded in a range of national systems

b)      Discuss and clarify what is common and distinctive about undergraduate research and inquiry in these national systems

c)      Identify key current developments in these national systems

d)      Explore department and institutional strategies for developing undergraduate research and inquiry including similarities and differences between research intensive and teaching intensive

e)      Assess what can be done to promote and support international sharing of good practice and research-based understanding of undergraduate research



A mixture of invited mini-presentations, discussions, and poster sessions are planned.  Much of the discussion will take place in small international groups.



All delegates are invited to submit an electronic poster by 13 September 2010 to for display on the seminar web site before the event.  They should also bring a hard copy version with them (maximum size 2ft x 3ft) for display on the day.  For technical specifications, please visit:


Three types of poster are requested:

  • Perspectives on practices and policies in undergraduate research and inquiry in specific national systems
  • Perspectives on practices and policies in undergraduate research and inquiry in specific higher education institutions
  • Conceptual and other posters which are relevant to the seminar aims.

Further details about the seminar programme, details about submitting posters, and examples of posters are available on the Council on Undergraduate Web site at 


Registration is combined with ISSoTL 2010 registration (  Delegates may book for the seminar without going to the main ISSoTL conference.  Early booking is advised.  Seminar Fee $115 includes lunch, refreshments and opening ISSoTL event (registration closes 7 October).  For delegates registering for the full ISSoTL conference at the same time the seminar fee is $75.  All delegates, including those from the UK, need to pay in US dollars at the ISSoTL 2010 registration site. For detailed information on pricing please visit:


Queries about the academic programme may be made to the Seminar Convenors:

Mick Healey, University of Gloucestershire, UK

Nancy Hensel, Council on Undergraduate Research, US 

Alan Jenkins, Oxford Brookes University, UK


Details of the main International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning conference may be found at: 19-22 October 2010. 


Professor Mick Healey BA PhD FRGS NTF SFHEA

Higher Education Consultant and Researcher

Director Centre for Active Learning (CeAL)

Director NTFS project: Leading, Promoting and Supporting Undergraduate Research in the New University Sector

Senior Advisor National Subject Centre for Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Honorary Professor University of Queensland

Visiting Professor Edinburgh Napier University


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