7-9th July 2017 | Ettington Chase, Stratford-on-Avon

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The British Educational Leadership Management and Administration Society Conference 2017 (#BELMAS2017) will be held from the 7-9th July 2017 at Ettington Chase near Stratford on Avon.

The 2017 theme is:

“Educational leadership for a global society: challenges, dilemmas and ways forward.”

We invite you to think about ideas, research and practice that you can share around this theme by submitting a paper for inclusion in our programme. Additionally, contributions are welcomed which address policy and practice in educational leadership and management and the influence of leaders. If you are a BELMAS member who has never attended conference before, make 2017 your first time. Watch this site for programme details and more information on abstract submission.


By popular request, we are returning to the venue of our 2014 annual conference – Ettington Chase near Stratford on Avon.

Set in an 11-acre country estate, this conference hotel is 6.5 miles from the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and 9.3 miles from Hidcote Manor Garden. Stylish rooms have contemporary furnishings, flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. Amenities include a restaurant/bar, an indoor pool, a hot tub and a tennis court, plus multiple meeting and event rooms.


Key Dates

Please take note of the following provisional  dates for Conference 2017.

3 October – 2 December 2016 Call and abstract submissions
19 October 2016 Registration opens
24 February 2017 Authors notified
10 April 2017 Authors notified of date/time of presentations
30th April 2017 Deadline for presenters to register/early bird deadline
7 – 9 July 2017 Annual conference

Abstract Submissions

Abstract submissions will open shortly. 

All abstracts are subjected to anonymous peer review and will be selected solely on quality. Authors will be notified whether their papers have been accepted into the programme in February 2017. For all papers accepted into the programme, it will be assumed that the presenter(s) will attend the full conference and the Conference Team reserves the right to schedule presentations accordingly. Presenters will be required to register by 30th April 2017. From this date, papers will be withdrawn from the programme where presenters have not registered.


Please note the full programme is subject to change.

11:00 Registration Opens
12:30–14:00 Complimentary Buffet
14:00 Welcome to Conference
14:30–15:45 TBD
16:00–17:15 Session 1
17:15–17:45 Refreshments
17:45–19:00 Session 2
19:30 Informal Evening Meal
09:00–10:00 Keynote 1
10:10–11:20 Session 3
11:20–11:50 Refreshments
11:50–13:00 Session 4
13:00–14:00 Lunch
14:00–15:30 Keynote 2
15:40–17:10 Session 5
17:45–18:30 BELMAS AGM
18:45–19:15 SAGE Wine Reception and Awards
19:30 Banquet Dinner and Distinguished Service Award
09:00–10:00 Session 6
10:10–10.30 Refreshments
10:30–11.40 Session 7
11:45–12:45 Keynote 3
12:45 Conference Summary
13:00 Lunch and Depart

Conference Packages

Conference registration will open shortly.

Please click on a conference package to learn about its fees and what’s included. For information on costs such as additional nights or evening meals, please click here.

Full Residential Package

Includes attendance at all sessions on Friday, Saturday and Sunday; overnight accommodation on Friday and Saturday; refreshments and evening meals (including the gala dinner).

From £495 Read more

Non-Residential Package

Includes attendance at all sessions on Friday, Saturday and Sunday; refreshments throughout the day; and lunch on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

From £495 Read more

Friday Day Package

Includes attendance at all sessions on Friday and refreshments throughout the day.

From £180 Read more

Saturday Day Package

Includes attendance at all sessions on Saturday and refreshments throughout the day.

From £180 Read more

Sunday Day Package

Includes attendance at all sessions on Sunday and refreshments throughout the day.

From £100 Read more


The BELMAS annual conference programme provides delegates with the time and space to network informally and exhibitors’ stands are located to benefit from this. We appreciate the opportunities which arise from having a variety of exhibitors and sponsors and the interest shown by delegates has led to a growing presence at the conference in terms of exhibitors, promotional materials and sponsorship.

Sponsorship opportunities include exhibitor display stands, delegate bags and inserts and the conference handbook.



The British Educational Leadership Management and Administration Society (BELMAS) is an independent voice supporting quality education through effective leadership and management.

Ideas and practice, and the relationship between them, are what interest us. Our members are a mixture of practitioners in schools, colleges and universities and working academics, encouraging a unique perspective which brings together the theoretical and the practical and encourages stimulating debate at our conferences and events.

BELMAS Membership includes:

  • 7 Journals
  • 9 Research Interest Groups (RIGs)
  • 30% discount on all SAGE books and individual journal subscriptions
  • Tax relief on membership subscription
  • Free or discounted attendance at BELMAS events (including the Annual Conference)
  • ….and more.

For new members the first year of membership is completely free.

Contact Us

Need help submitting an abstract or registering for the conference? Send us an email or give us a call.

info@belmas.org.uk | +44(0)114 279 9926