Submission Criteria

The Call for Abstracts for BELMAS Annual Conference 2018 is now open.
All abstracts are subjected to anonymous peer review and will be selected solely on merit. Authors will be notified whether their papers have been accepted into the programme imminently. 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 2018. From this date, papers will be withdrawn from the programme where presenters have not registered.

For information on session formats, click here.

Type of Abstract Submission
Maximum Number of Words
Theatre Style Papers 400 words
IGNITE! 400 words
Workshops 400 words
Roundtables 400 words
Poster 400 words

References are not compulsory but must be included in the word count if you choose to include them.

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. Offers critical discourse analysis in educational research and/or provides a critical review of issues
  4. Advances understanding of practice within the context of education policy and sustainability.

Reviewers will take this into account when assessing the suitability of papers for inclusion in the conference programme. We are particularly interested in papers related to the conference theme but are also interested in other papers.

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How do we decide which abstract submissions get accepted?

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
  • Robustness of analytical and/or theoretical framework
  • Significance for educational practice, policy and/or theory



An average score will be calculated from the scores given by our team of reviewers.


Submission Deadline

The deadline for submitting your abstract is 31st December 2017.

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Our Delegates

“The BELMAS Annual Conference is of great value as it provides attendees with the opportunity to present and dialog will colleagues from throughout the world in an intimate setting.”

Jami Royal Berry
Co-Director, UCEA Center for the International Study of Educational Leadership

Our Delegates

“BELMAS provides a wonderful opportunity to learn about important problems of leadership practice with and from colleagues who are leading and researching schools”

Michelle D. Young
Executive Director of the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA)

Our Delegates

“The BELMAS annual conference gives me the opportunity to stay abreast in my field and to engage productively with colleagues in superb surroundings. A number of important collaborations have come about…as a result of conversations during the conference. It is by far my favourite conference of the year and I always look forward to it.”

Steve Courtney
Programme Director MA Educational Leadership, University of Manchester

Our Delegates

“The BELMAS conference is easily my favourite conference. I am always trying to attend and present if the dates are right. Wonderful locations, relaxing and professionally rewarding at the same time. Can’t get any better than that.”

Stelios Orphanos
Lecturer of of Educational Administration and Policy, Frederick University

Our Delegates

“[The conference] was an excellent chance for me to present my research findings to a knowledgeable leadership audience. As BELMAS members are a mixture of practitioners in schools…and working academics, which brings together the theoretical and the practical, this is a great opportunity for everyone to expand as well as present their knowledge in this area.”

Maria Karamanidou
Leader of Learning, Hazelbury School