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BELMAS Annual Conference 2025

Theme: Turbulence, reform and development in the ELMA field: Stormy seas or fair winds ahead?

Dates & Times

Start: Friday 5th July 2025 | Time TBC
Finish: Sunday 7th July 2024 | Timne TBC


Leonardo Royal Waterfront Hotel
Kings Rd, Brighton and Hove, Brighton BN1 2GS


Accommodation Information

All Accommodation information will appear here shortly. Please check back again.

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Due to a number of late requests and withdrawn papers in 2023 (26 in total) we politely ask that all authors assume that they may present at any point during the conference.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

Abstract Submission details to be confirmed in due course.

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” 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.



  • 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.