50 years of BELMAS: Celebrating the Past and Looking Forward

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2021 marks our 50th anniversary year and the circumstances of the global pandemic has presented us with the opportunity to offer a different way to host papers and to create a programme throughout the year which celebrates this notable milestone. In addition to hosting papers, we have announced a programme of online events for the year, including our annual conference in July which will feature keynotes and a mix of live and pre-recorded content.

This year we are inviting papers for pre-recorded presentations at our virtual annual conference on 2nd and 3rd July and for an online repository accessible on demand. We are inviting new abstract submissions through the same online platform as in previous years. Contributions should address the anniversary year’s theme: “50 years of BELMAS: Celebrating the Past and Looking Forward”.

Authors who were successful in being accepted for the 2020 programme will shortly be invited to submit full papers for the online repository and these will be identified separately to the 2021 papers. Optionally, all authors accepted into the 2020 and 2021 programmes may add narration, video or posters to supplement the presentation of their work.


All papers are assessed by blind peer review and are selected solely on merit. Submissions must be made online using our abstract submission system by 23rd April 2021. Abstracts received after this deadline will not be included for review. Abstracts should fall into one of the categories below:

  1. Addresses completed research with outcomes
  2. Addresses project where there is already completed data set to discuss
  3. Assesses the impact of COVID-19 on educational policy or practice
  4. Advances understanding of practice within the context of education policy and sustainability.

All submissions must directly relate to the field of educational leadership, management or administration and may offer critical analysis or review of issues.

All abstracts will be assessed against the following criteria:

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

All abstracts must be a maximum of 500 words and exclude tables or diagrams. Names and institutions/organisations of all authors must be excluded from the text of the abstracts to facilitate the blind peer review process but provided separately as directed in the online system.


Authors may submit up to two abstracts. Abstracts may only be submitted online and the text entered, including abstract title and authors, will be published as provided. It is essential that great care is taken in checking for accuracy at the time of submission.

Authors may collaborate on symposium submissions within the limit of two abstracts per author. Symposium papers must be collated and submitted as a single submission by a nominated lead author. The submission must have a general title and each abstract should have a title and paragraph. Each paper must be related to the focus but offer a distinct perspective.

Full instructions for submitting your abstract are provided in the online system. The deadline for submission of abstracts is 23rd April 2021. The decision on acceptance will be communicated to authors in May/June 2021. Successful authors will then be invited to provide a paper based on their accepted abstract for pre-recorded presentation and the online repository, and, optionally, to add multimedia content. Full guidance for this will be provided.

To submit your abstract, please click on the button below. You will be required to create an account before gaining access to the abstract submission system. | 0114 212 9304

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