Rethinking International Student Issues: Virtual Summer School (Day 1)

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This summer school provides a space for ECRs to network, discuss, learn & contribute to the scholarly discourse in this field of research.

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*This page is for Day 1 only. To register for Day 2, please click here.

We are providing a space for early career researchers (ECRs) and early career academics (ECAs), including post-graduate research students (PGRs), to engage in active discussion about issues concerning international students and the research process in this field. The online summer school will feature a variety of talks and workshops on international student experiences, mobility of students and researchers, and new directions of research. This summer school would also provide the opportunity for ECRs conducting research on the relationships and influences between COVID-19 and the 'international student experience' to share their novel insights in a timely manner.

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At this time, we are inviting early career researchers (ECRs) and early career academics (ECAs) to submit abstracts for talks and workshops.


(1) Select a Medium

Workshop leaders may be any researchers who identify as ECRs/ECAs, including Ph.D. students. Workshops should aim to act as training sessions for researchers and academics in the field, at various stages of their professional development (e.g., how to publish, how to conduct social research, how to secure grants, research methods, etc.). Time allocation: 30 minutes.

Talks may be delivered by any researchers who identify as ECRs/ECAs to showcase their work process or promote their novel and noteworthy research. Talks will be organized into panels by topic. Time allocation: 20 minutes + 5-10 minutes for questions.

(2) Declare Your Topic

Topics: We encourage creativity in topic selection which incorperates any of the following themes from any disciplinary lens: the research process, research on international student experiences, Higher Education, the hidden curriculum, the experience of cross-cultural sojourns for educational purposes, or topics which involve unique, underrepresented, or underresearched groups. We also welcome abstracts for talks and workshops about research which involves or has implications for international students, or about research methods and research integrity in this field.

All submissions should include a brief (200 word max.) statement that outlines how your topic fits into the overall theme and intention of the summer school. Your statement should also include your full name, institutional affiliation (if applicable) and contact information. These details will streamline review and aid contact between yourself and our team.

(3) Submit your abstract and topic statement:

All submissions should be sent to as a single word document; Please do not submit PDFs or other formats.

Though we hope to accommodate all submissions, unsuccessful applicants for any of these sessions will receive feedback regarding why they have not been selected to provide further skill-building support (if requested) and are encouraged to participate in the free event as attendees.


Information about the UofG Summer School:

The summer school takes place over two consecutive days from 9am to 5pm (London). Each day opens with a welcome address and a Keynote presentation from a knowledgeable scholar in the field of international student research. Keynotes are invited to share their expertise and experience in conducting research in the field, and will present on any related topic of interest which they believe may be educational to the attendees.

Workshops and talks by ECRs/ECAs comprise the bulk of the summer school day. Attendees will choose between one of two parallel-running panels at any given time (there will be no panels during the keynote).

A lunch break is scheduled mid-way through the event, for which attendees will be sorted into breakout rooms but are free to switch off from the session (as desired). Attendees are also encouraged to take advantage of the scheduled wellness breaks from their devices (e.g., do some stretching, grab some water, etc.). Lunch ends with the second keynote of the day, which followed by the second half of workshops and talks.

Each afternoon includes two Masterclass training sessions facilitated by experts to teach a specific research skill. Sessions may include introductions to a particular research method (e.g., Interpretative phenomenological analysis, R stats, creative research methods, etc.) or how to think ‘like a researcher’ (e.g., critically).

Each day officially closes with a concluding address to recap the events of the Summer School day.

Tentative Summer School Schedule

09:00-09:15 Event Open

09:15-09:30 Opening Address

09:35-10:15 Opening Keynote

10:15-10:30 Wellness Break

10:30-12:30 Two Parallel Panel Presentations

12:30-13:30 Lunch

13:35-14:15 Afternoon Keynote

14:15-14:30 Wellness Break

14:30-15:45 Two Parallel Panel Sessions

16:00-16:50 Masterclass

16:50 - 17:00 Closing Address & Event Close

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