Welcome from the Chair

Posted on by Aidan Thompson

Welcome to the SES Blog

Welcome to the Society for Educational Studies Blog; a new feature for our revamped website. I am delighted that the Society is introducing this interactive feature to our website, and members are encouraged to engage and interact with the posts as they appear online.

The Society has a longstanding history of engaging in meaningful debates relating to the study of education, and that is no different in 2019. As the Society enters its 69th year, it remains as much at the heart of educational debate and conversation as at any time in its history. The move in 2017 to host the Society’s annual conference at Oriel College, Oxford and to expand the previous day-long Annual Seminar to a two-day Colloquium has brought about greater engagement and conversation on the topics of the Colloquiums to date. The 2019 Colloquium will take place on 26-27 September 2019 under the title ‘Educational reform legislation in a changing society‘. The call for proposals is now open, and submission of abstracts and registration for the Colloquium is encouraged.

The Colloquium is free to all members of the Society, and membership costs £32 [£22 for students] for 2019. In addition to free registration for the Colloquium, there are a number of additional benefits that membership brings, including receipt of hard copies of the British Journal of Educational Studies, which expands to 6 issues per year from 2019.

Linked to the theme of the Colloquium for this year was a small grant opportunity for applicants to receive funding of up to £10,000 for a 12-month project related to the theme of the Colloquium. Details of the grants that were awarded can be found online here.

The Society continues to award prizes for the best books published each year as part of its Annual Book Prizes. We welcome nominations and submissions from members, publishers, and authors. Details of the process, as well as previous winners, can be found here.

I hope you enjoy exploring the new website. New content will continue to be added, including photos, blogs, and events.

Prof. James Arthur OBE

Chair, Society for Educational Studies


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