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BELMAS Annual Conference 2024

Theme: Who or What is Educational Leadership for? Thinking about Purposes in Educational Leadership, Management and Administration

Dates & Times

Start: Friday 5th July 2024 | 12noon | RIGs, Registration & Lunch

Finish: Sunday 7th July 2024 | 2pm | Lunch & Finish


The Golden Jubilee Conference Hotel
Beardmore St, Glasgow, Clydebank G81 4SA

Venue Location

The venue is conveniently accessible by plane, train and car. The airport is just 10 minutes away, which can be accessed by the FREE shuttle run by the hotel.

If you are driving, the hotel is located 30 minutes outside the centre of Glasgow and has FREE parking.

If arriving by train, Dalmuir station is a 10 minute walk from the hotel and takes just 15 minutes direct from Glasgow Queen Street outside George Square in the City Centre.

Apply for a FREE Airport Shuttle

The Golden Jubilee Conference Hotel has a small people carrier that can hold up to six people. You can request a FREE shuttle from the airport by completing this form. Where there are more people requesting a shuttle than we have capacity for, priority will be given to those who have additional mobility requirements.

If accepted, directions and more information about the location of the pick-up shall be sent directly to your email.


Conference Abstract Book

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Conference Programme

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Keynote Speakers

We are delighted to announce our keynote speakers for the BELMAS 2024 conference: Dr. Richard Niesche (Australia), Dr. Saeeda Shah (England) and Prof. Walter Humes (Scotland).

To read more about the speakers and their keynotes, please click the image below.

How to Book Tickets

Tickets will be available to buy here on the “tickets” tab or on the “book now” button on the sidebar . Due to last minute withdrawals from authors in 2023, BELMAS will now provide a deadline for accepted authors to pay for tickets and register for the 2024 Conference at a discounted rate prior to general sale.

Presentations with no registered authors at the end of Earlybird sales on 1st March 2024 will be removed from the programme with no exceptions.

Earlybird Tickets – CLOSED

On Sale: Fri 15th December 2023 – Fri 1st March 2024

BELMAS Member (Student/Retired/Developing Country) – £350
BELMAS Member – £400
Non-Member – £450

Standard Tickets

On Sale: Mon 4th March 2024 – Fri 14th June 2024

BELMAS Member (Student/Retired/Developing Country) – £400
BELMAS Member – £450
Non-Member – £500

On-Site Tickets

On Sale: Fri 5th July 2024 – Sat 6th July 2024

BELMAS Member (Student/Retired/Developing Country) – £450
BELMAS Member – £500
Non-Member – £550

What’s Included

All tickets include: Access to all sessions and keynotes, coffee breaks and refreshments, Friday arrival lunch and BBQ networking dinner, Saturday lunch and Gala Dinner inc. table drinks and Sunday departure networking lunch.

Please note that as of April 2024, we SOLD OUT of the Gala Dinner. As we do not want anyone to miss out on dinner, some delegates may be asked to dine in a room adjacent to the main eating area. This is where the BELMAS staff team will be dining.

Prices DO NOT include accommodation.

All non-member tickets include an optional FREE one year membership with BELMAS. Simply click the “Accept One-Year FREE Membership” on checkout and a member of the team will be in touch to sign you up with BELMAS.

*NEW* Membership Support Fund

If you are a paid member of BELMAS, you will be able to apply for the “Membership Support Fund” which has been dedicated to supporting members who may be:

  • Students
  • Members from developing countries
  • Independent researchers
  • Teachers & practitioners
  • Full-time parents & carers
  • Unemployed
  • Retired
  • People with registered disabilities which requires them to stay additional nights.

To be considered for the Membership Support Fund, please click the button below and compete the online form by 1st December 2023. Recipients of the Membership Support Fund will be notified on the week commencing 18th December 2023.

Applications for the Conference Support Fund are now CLOSED. All applicants will have been notified if they were successful by Monday 18th December 2023.

Visa Supporting Letters

You will be asked if you require a VISA Support letter on checkout. Unfortunately we cannot issue these until you purchase a ticket. In line with our Refunds Policy BELMAS takes no responsibility for late VISA applications.

Exhibitor & Sponsorship Packages

BELMAS offers cost-effective options to advertise and showcase your business/organisation at our Annual Conference. With global reach, the conference programme provides delegates with the time and space to network informally and exhibitor stands are located to benefit from this.  Our packages and prices are available HERE.

Key Dates

31/07/2023 – Abstract Submissions Open
31/07/2023 – Earlybird Tickets on Sale
03/11/2023 – Call for Conference Reviewers
03/11/2023 – Abstract Submissions Close
10/11/2023 – Abstract Submission Extension Closes
11/11/2023 – Call Closed for Conference Reviewers
13/11/2023 – Decision on Reviewers and Notification Deadline
13/11/2023 – Reviews Active
24/11/2023 – Conference Support Fund Applications Close
01/12/2023 – Reviews Deadline
11/12/2023 – Conference Chair’s Approval of Reviews
15/12/2023 – Email Accepted/Rejected Papers
18/12/2023 – Confirmation of Successful Conference Support Fund Applications
01/03/2024 – Earlybird Tickets off Sale and Unregistered Papers Withdrawn
04/03/2024 – General Tickets on Sale
14/06/2024 – General Tickets off Sale

Accommodation Information

Conference Venue: Golden Jubilee Conference Hotel

To book your accommodation, please contact the venue events team directly by calling +44 (0) 141 951 6006 quoting “BELMAS Conference”.

Places are limited, and therefore we suggest that you book early to avoid disappointment and being required to book a different venue close by.


Accommodation Prices

All rooms cost the same price and can be booked directly through the hotel on the information provided above.

To save on costs, we have arranged special prices for shared occupancy (for those who are willing to share rooms). Prices are listed below.

  • Single Occupancy – £88 per night
  • Double Occupancy – £104 per night (£52 pp)

Alternative Hotels & Accommodation

We are working with the Glasgow Convention Bureau to provide alternative accommodation in the city centre which is accessible by train from Queen Street Station or Glasgow Central to Dalmuir in 15 minutes.

To view other available accommodation in the City Centre, please click here.

Please remember to book early for the best rates, and take into consideration travel time from the City Centre to Clydebank for 09:00am Conference start times.


The Golden Jubilee Conference Hotel is situation in the Clydebank region on the outskirts of Glasgow conveniently accessible by plane, train and car.

The airport is just 10 minutes away, which can be accessed by the FREE shuttle run by the hotel.

If you are driving, the hotel is located 30 minutes outside the centre of Glasgow and has FREE parking.

If arriving by train, Dalmuir station is a 10 minute walk from the hotel and takes just 15 minutes direct from Glasgow Queen Street outside George Square in the City Centre.

Further Information

The Award Winning 4* Golden Jubilee Conference Hotel and events team have been accredited as a Conference Centre of Excellence, one of only two Scottish venues, and is a Green Tourism award-winner. The venue offers a green conference package filled with energy and waste saving options. Other accolades include:

  • Most Accessible Hotel – National Winner 2019
  • Conference Hotel of the Year | Glasgow & Clyde – Regional Winner 2019
  • Most Accessible Hotel | Glasgow & Clyde – Regional Winner 2019
  • Conference Hotel of the Year – National Winner 2018
  • Conference Hotel of the Year | Glasgow & Clyde – Regional Winner 2018
  • Events Hotel of the Year | Glasgow & Clyde – Regional Winner 2017

With health and wellbeing facilities including a gym, swimming pool and lavender gardens, an award winning catering team, free airport shuttle bus and a location accessible by rail just 15 minutes from Queen Street Station, air and car with ample parking spaces, we know you’ll love #BELMAS2024

Please note that due to our VAT registration and in line with other learned Societies, we will again NOT be including accommodation in our cost this year, and you will be required to book your accommodation prior to arrival in Glasgow.


Due to a number of late requests and withdrawn papers in 2023 (26 in total) we politely ask that all authors assume that they may present at any point during the conference.

If you are unable to be present for the duration of the entire conference, please do not submit an abstract as there is no way to guarantee that your paper can be presented at your requested time. This simply does not work within our planning.

However, if you do have a special request for reasons out of your control, with advance notice we will ALWAYS attempt to take this into consideration.

Any request will need to be submitted in writing to Ryan Beasley, Executive Officer prior to the closure of submissions of abstracts so that we can plan accordingly.

The Conference will formally begin on Friday evening with the first papers presented from 9:00am Saturday. The Conference will finish no later than 14:00 on Sunday. Please take these times into consideration when planning your travel arrangements.

Abstract Submission

We are now looking for abstracts and symposium submissions. To submit your abstract or symposium please visit our Exordo submission site using the button below. Submissions for abstracts will close on: Midnight GMT on Friday 3rd November 2023 Submissions after this date WILL NOT be accepted under any circumstances.


Abstract Guidelines

We welcome submissions from a wide range of experience within the field. Participants will be limited to two presentations in the programme, including co-presenting.
Authors should note that reviewers will grade submissions against the following criteria:

  • Relevance to BELMAS members
  • Clarity of research question and/or focus of enquiry
  • Robustness of analytical and/or theoretical framework
  • Significance for educational practice, policy and/or theory

Well developed non-empirical papers are welcome.

Important Points for Submitting an Abstract:

  • Abstracts must be relevant to the field of educational leadership, management or administration.
  • You will need to select from one of two tracks – Single Paper or Symposium Paper. Only choose Symposium if your abstract has been accepted by the Symposium Lead.
  • You will be able to edit your submission online prior to peer review.
  • The abstract word limit is 500 words. Please do not include references.
  • To facilitate the blind peer review process, individuals and institutions should not be identified in the body of the abstract; e.g. use ‘author’s institution’ instead of using the name of the university or organisation. If accepted, authors will be added to the abstracts.
  • Abstracts will be published in conference materials as submitted; authors should check for accuracy before submission.

Topics/Strands for Single Paper Abstract Submissions

When submitting your abstract, you will need to align to one or more of the following strands. Please ensure that your abstract STILL RELATES TO THE CONFERENCE THEME.

  1. Critical approaches to educational leadership
  2. Leadership for equity, diversity, and social justice
  3. Governance and policy
  4. Leadership in times of crisis
  5. Leadership effectiveness and improvement
  6. Leadership, sustainability, and globalization
  7. Leadership development
  8. Leadership in further and higher education
  9. Teacher and middle leadership
  10. Methodological approaches to leadership research


Authors may choose between “theatre”, “workshop” or “poster” presentation formats. “Theatre” format means a presentation by one or more authors to an audience without interaction until audience questions are invited at the end of the presentation. “Workshop” format means a wholly interactive discussion between an audience and author(s) often in a round table layout.



  • Title of symposium;
  • Name(s), affiliation(s), contact email address of the symposium organiser;
  • Name of chairperson/discussant;
  • An outline of 200 words describing the purpose of symposium and the relationship between papers; and
  • Symposium presenters;

This can be emailed to:

Poster Presentations

If you submit a poster presentation, these will be on display for the duration of the conference.  Your poster space will be in the main entrance to the hotel – the Central Plaza.

Display board sizes: Please ensure you keep to the display board sizes as we cannot place them anywhere else.

The sizes are: 6ft x 2ft.

You will also be given 5 minutes to present your poster in the main auditorium on Sunday – please ensure you have a digital copy on a memory stick.

The abstracts for this conference are peer reviewed and may be made available online post-conference. By submitting to this conference, the author affirms that the work submitted is theirs, original and recent. Abstracts must be related to Educational Leadership, Management or Administration.


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