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Wednesday 13th November 2019, 10.30am-6.15pm + SOCIAL (details tbc)

University of Exeter, St Luke’s Campus

Effectively communicating your research is a crucial part of the knowledge creation process. It generates opportunities for collaboration and can inform the development of new interventions and policy changes. But how as researchers can we ensure that our work is communicated with innovation to allow for such effective impact?



We are excited to announce our two key note speakers:

Professor Rob Freathy

University of Exeter Academic Dean for Students / Dean of the Faculty of Taught Programmes / Professor of Education.

Professor Freathy's research interests include religious education, history of education, and curricular and pedagogical innovation. He is a member of the Editorial Boards for History of Education, Journal of Beliefs and Values, and History of Education and Children's Literature, as well as for a Routledge book series on Life and Values Education. He is also co-editor of a series of books published by Peter Lang on the theme of Religion, Education and Values. Previously he has acted as Co-editor of History of Education Researcher, Reviews Editor for History of Education, and Editorial Board member for the British Journal of Religious Education. He has also authored and edited numerous books, including Religious Education and Freedom of Religion and Belief (2012), History, Remembrance and Religious Education (2014), Politics, Professionals and Practitioners (2017) and Metacognition, Worldviews and Religious Education (2019). He has contributed articles to a wide range of academic journals; written numerous reports and textbooks for teachers; and undertaken various research projects, including: ‘RE-flect: A programme to foster metacognition in the Religious Education classroom’, ‘The Art of Narrative Theology in Religious Education’, ‘Identifying Principles and Big Ideas for Religious Education’, and ‘RE-searchers: A Critical Dialogic Approach to Religious Education in Primary Schools’.

Chris Shaw

Clerk of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee at the House of Commons.

Chris Shaw has been a Clerk in the House of Commons for 29 years. He has worked on a number of select committees during this time, including Home Affairs, Defence, Science and Technology, Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and is currently Clerk of the Foreign Affairs Committee. He worked in the Table Office from 2000-02, editing parliamentary questions and motions and writing the Order Paper. From 2006-09 Chris worked in the Public Bill Office as Clerk in charge of Private Members’ Bills. Chris has been heavily involved with international parliamentary assemblies in his capacity as UK Delegation Secretary to the Council of Europe, Western European Union, OSCE and NATO parliamentary assemblies and subsequently, from 2005-10, as Presidential Adviser to the NATO PA. From 2009-12 Chris served as Head of the Scrutiny Unit in the House of Commons, which provides financial, legal and economic expertise to the House’s select committees. From 2012 to September 2015 he went on secondment to the Cabinet Office as the Parliamentary Adviser, working closely with the Leader of the House, the Whips and No. 10 on a whole range of parliamentary issues. In addition to these roles Chris has been involved in the development of senior management development programmes within the House. He is currently the lead official in the House for the Climate Change Citizens’ Assembly.


What do you expect from my presentation?

We would like you to prepare a 20 minute presentation. You can use PowerPoint if you like, however any other creative presentation methods are welcome.

What if my research isn't about communication?

It doesn't matter! We want to see how you communicate your work effectively and innovatively whatever you're researching.

I'm in the early stages of my research, can I still present?

We'd love you to! Our conference aims to provide a platform for researchers from all stages to communicate what they have been working on.

Can I get a confirmation of attendance?

Yes, of course. You will receive a certificate of attendance at the delegate registration desk.

What should my poster look like?

Be creative! Use your posters to communicate your research as effectively (and attractively) as possible.


MAX. 400 WORDS (Please include a title)

We are looking for abstracts, papers and posters that relate to the effective and innovative ways in which you have been able to communicate your research. We are particularly interested in two aspects:

1. Effective and Innovative communication OF your research. How can you present your research in a creative manner? Bring photographs, drawings, make music, bring an object through which to explain your research, do a dance for all we care! It does not matter if your area is psychology, sociology, education, geography, just bring or do anything you find creative and useful in presenting your research. Think out of the box - No research topic is out of place.

2. Effective and Innovative communication IN your research. What you have done to communicate in your research process? We want to know:

- How did you first interact with a certain person, and how did you work collaboratively on a project after that?

- How did you communicate with participants, collaborators or stakeholders?

- How do you communicate your research with the public?

- Do you use social media, platforms or technology to put your research out there? How have you marketed your research?

- How did you communicate your ethics?

- And most importantly: How do you keep people engaged?

You don’t have to answer all or any of these questions. These are just examples to get you going but we are interested in anything that you have done or are planning on doing for your research. This is your place you shine! We especially encourage Masters and 1st year students to submit abstracts even if you feel you are only at the beginning of your research journey.

You will be notified whether your abstract has been accepted by 07.10.2019.


If you would like to participate in the conference but do not have the spare time to prepare a presentation, we encourage you to bring a poster. This poster can be in relation to the research project you are currently working on, side projects or simply your research proposal. Non-SWDTP funded students are also welcome to submit posters on their projects and research studies. Be as creative as you wish! PLEASE NOTE posters can also be brought on the day without registering them. Any questions, please contact us.


  • ABSTRACT AND POSTER SUBMISSION REGISTRATION. If you are planning on submitting an abstract for a presentation at the conference, please select the "abstract submission ticket". If you are planning to bring a poster to be displayed at the conference, please select the "poster submission ticket". Abstract and Poster submissions open 28.06.2019 and close 30.09.2019.
  • GENERAL TICKET REGISTRATION. For both SWDTP and non-SWDTP students who wish to attend the conference but not submit an abstract, select "general admission ticket", available 02.09.2019.
  • NEW COHORT REGISTRATION. A limited number of tickets are withheld for the "new SWDTP cohort" - these will be available from 18.09.2019 (those who attend the SWDTP induction in Bristol will have the option of signing up to the conference in person) .
  • SUPERVISOR REGISTRATION. If your SWDTP student has invited you to attend the conference, please select the "supervisor registration" ticket option. These will be available from 02.10.2019.

PLEASE NOTE - if you register for the conference with the intention of submitting an abstract or a poster you are ALREADY registered to attend the event. You will not need to register again at any later stage.

For all registrations please indicate your dietary preferences and home institution. If you require any special assistance, please do let us know and we will make sure this is provided for you.


The address to the St Luke’s Campus is:

University of Exeter

St Luke's Campus

Heavitree Road




We encourage people to use sustainable, public transport:


Exeter has two railway stations - Exeter St David’s (main station) and Central. Exeter St David's station is about 30 minutes walk and Exeter Central Station approximately 20 minutes walk from the St Luke’s Campus. Taxis are available from both stations. The D bus stops outside St David’s and Central Stations and will take you to St Luke's Campus (see bus details above). The average journey time from London Paddington is 2 hours 30 minutes to Exeter.

GWR have kindly offered 50% off travel to and from the conference at the University of Exeter. All delegates will need to click the link WWW.GWR.COM/CONFERENCE and select Exeter and chose their origin. The fare is fixed for the outbound leg but fully flexible for the return and offers a sizeable discount for conference delegates (Plymouth £9, Bristol £14, Bath £14, Paddington £44). The return can be used on another day if anyone wants to stay in Exeter overnight.


A free minibus transfer is available from Exeter St David's to St Luke's if delegates arrive on a service scheduled to arrive no later than 10h09 (this is the final service). The minibus is to the right upon exiting Exeter St David's station and is clearly marked with University of Exeter branding. The St Luke's stop must be requested from the driver.

Alternatively, e-bikes are available at the station and bus or taxi transfers are available.

Unfortunately, there will not be a minibus for the return journey.


The St Luke's Campus is served by the D bus route. The D bus route includes Digby, St Luke’s Campus, the City Centre and Streatham Campus (download D Bus Timetable PDF).

National Express coaches (08705 808080) call at Exeter Coach Station. The local D bus connects the coach station to Streatham Campus. Get off the bus at the top of The Queen’s Drive.


Apple Taxis Exeter (01392 666666) have a dedicated taxi rank on campus. Apple Taxis have offices at both Exeter St David's rail station and Exeter International Airport.

  • BY CAR

The M4/M5 links Exeter directly to London, the Midlands, South Wales and the North including Scotland. The average journey time from either London or the Midlands is 3 hours. Download our detailed directions to St Luke's Campus by car.

Please note that visitor parking at the St Luke’s Campus consists of merely a handful of spaces.

The University has a private car sharing group through carsharedevon for staff and students – a free and easy way to save money and help cut congestion.

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