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Life beyond the TLRP: A conference for contract and
early career researchers

Two-day conference
Thursday 2nd – Friday 3rd December 2004

Menzies Belford Hotel

The TLRP Research Capacity Building Network (RCBN) invites contract and early career researchers engaged in TLRP projects to a two-day conference to reflect upon the issues affecting research capacity in the current educational research climate, and develop strategies for the future.

Unprecedented in recent educational research in the United Kingdom, the coordinated initiative of the TLRP has brought together considerable existing expertise in teaching and learning research. It has also enabled the entrance into educational research for a number of early career researchers. The capacity building function of the TLRP, including the work of the RCBN but also within individual projects, has actively sought to enhance this expertise. This conference asks to what extent has this function been successful for contract and early career researchers, and what will become of the expertise that has been developed beyond the life of the TLRP? Participants will be encouraged to think about their own experiences in the light of the current socio-political context of academic professionalism, as well as consider papers representing the experiences of a number of current or recent contract researchers. There will be opportunities to develop strategies for the future of educational research collaboratively, and to communicate these to a panel of people with a direct interest or responsibility for educational researchers.

There will also be opportunities to raise the awareness of the expertise that researchers bring to the TLRP and develop networks amongst each other. In particular, all participants will be encouraged to make a short presentation about the work they undertake in their TLRP projects.

If you are interested in attending this event, then please contact the RCBN or complete a booking form (available from the RCBN website). All contact details are below.

This event is open to researchers from the TLRP, and all reasonable travel and other costs will be met by the RCBN. Accommodation, food and refreshments are included. For more information about financial support in attending this event, please contact the RCBN. If necessary, places will be allocated to ensure a wide representation from TLRP projects. For more information please email

Day One TLRP Poster display

11:30 – 12:00pm Registration (coffee and tea available)
12.00 – 13.00pm Academic professionalism in the educational research community
13.00 – 14.00pm Lunch
14.00 – 15.00pm Discussion groups
15.00 – 15.45pm Presentation of pre-conference discussion papers
15.45 – 16.00pm Tea and coffee
16.00 – 17.00pm Workshops
17.00 – 18.00pm Reporting back
19.00 – 20.00pm Dinner
20.00 – 21.00pm Professional identity session

Day Two

09:00 – 10:00am Short presentations by participants
10:00 – 10:45am Presentation to panel
10:45 – 11:05am Tea and coffee
11:05 – 12:05pm Short presentations by participants continue, panel confer
12:05 – 13:05pm Panel discussion
13:05 – 13:20pm Closing statements

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