Research Students’ Community Meeting

'A Doctoral Candidate, Senior Lecturer and Professor’s approach and engagement with the field of Child Mental Health; policy, resources, and agency'

The BELMAS Research Students’ Community

Venue: The University of Leicester 
Date: Tuesday 14th June
Time: 10:30 - 15:30

Keynote Speakers

Tania Hart -  Doctoral Student with completed Viva, University of Leicester

Dr Michelle O’Reilly - Senior Lecturer, University of Leicester

Professor Neil Humphrey - University of Manchester

We are delighted to invite you to attend what promises to be an exciting seminar free to members of BELMAS. If you are not a member of BELMAS we invite you to join for free for the first year. For membership benefits and to join please click here.

Postgraduate research is located within contested conceptualisations of the knowledge economy, professional learning, applied research, globalization, and educational diversity in higher education and the workplace. Against a backdrop of such complexity, the BELMAS Research Students’ Community aims to re-envision conceptions of quality that influence definitions of place, purpose and understanding of professional learning in doctoral study in the area of educational leadership, management, and policy. Postgraduate research has the potential to play an important and significant role in building leadership capacity in education, health, social services, and the police as we see Child Services engaging with different agencies from traditionally separate fields. Joined up thinking will be vital in the future creation of civil society in the UK and worldwide. Thus the BELMAS Research Students’ Community will examine the nature and place of cultural and economic social justice in civic education together with the internationalization of purpose, structure and function in doctoral study through evidence informed leadership.

In the first seminar on 11 December 2015, Dr Alison Taysum invited BELMAS Research Students to build a Community and plan three events a year. Three committees were formed and the first committee has arranged this seminar. In the second seminar in early November 2016 a second committee is planning an event with Professor Helen Gunter focusing on ‘Transnational Knowledge (TK): Implications in Different Educational Contexts’. More details will follow from the committee. The third committee will be planning an event to be held in the spring of 2017 with details to follow.   

If you are interested in planning an event, please contact Dr Alison Taysum ( who will direct you to a BELMAS Research Students’ Community committee with whom you can discuss your ideas and the budget available to the committee. The Research Students community is always looking for new committee members, guest committee members, and community members who would like to attend these free events.

Suggested Programme

10.00     Registration, tea, coffee and danishes

10.30     Welcome to seminar by Laura Chapman

10.35     Tania Hart - Key Note

11.15     Tea, coffee and biscuits

11.45     Dr Michelle O’Reilly- Key Note

12.30     Lunch

13.30     Professor Neil Humphrey-  Key Note

14.30     Tea and coffee

15.00     Plenary on A Doctoral Candidate, Senior Lecturer and Professor’s approach and engagement with the field of Child Mental Health; policy, resources, and agency

Plenary to include reflection on developing the field through doctoral study as pathway to academia and to improving practice through informing policy, advocating for resources and optimizing agency. How academics can work with practitioners from different agencies in the field including education, health, social services, and police.

15.30     End of seminar

 The deadline for registrations is 2nd June 2016. No registrations will be taken after this date.

Upcoming Dates for this event

  • Tue 14 Jun 2016
  • Fri 03 Jun 2016
  • University of Leicester, , Leicester

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