Call for Papers: New Researchers Sessions

2015 Voluntary Sector and Volunteering Research Conference

8th-9th September 2015

Rose Bowl, Leeds Beckett University


What is it?
The New Researchers’ Sessions (NRS) is a two-day event which is separate from (but runs concurrently with) the main Voluntary Sector and Volunteering Research Conference.

The purpose of the NRS is to give new researchers (i.e. those who are new to research or who are new to the voluntary sector) the chance to:

  • present their research;
  • get constructive feedback in a supportive (and fun!) environment;
  • meet other new researchers and network.

Our aim is to foster a strong community among new researchers, ensuring that everyone who presents at the sessions receives as much useful feedback as they give, so we ask all presenters to attend all NRS on both days. Feedback from past years has indicated that attending all the NR sessions has worked very effectively to establish a positive network at the conference and afterwards. Those unable to commit to this or who wish to attend the main conference sessions for some of the time will need to book into the main conference rather than the NRS.

The NRS sessions are very popular, and we aim to make them as enjoyable and useful as possible.


Who are the Organisers?

These events are organised by the Voluntary Studies Sector Network (VSSN), National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) and Institute for Volunteering Research (IVR).

If you have any queries about the NRS, please contact Anjelica and Gareth at: newresearchers@vssn.org.uk

If you have any queries about the main conference, please contact Ben at: researchconference@ncvo.org.uk


NRS Fees for Presenters

The cost of attending the 2-day NRS is £60.

This will entitle you to:

  • attend the opening and closing plenary of the main conference; however, you will not be able to access the main conference sessions;
  • attend all NRS and present;
  • lunch and refreshments.

NB this does not cover other costs – i.e. the cost of your travel, accommodation or dinner.

We have a limited number of bursaries to cover the conference fees. These are available for New Researchers that have been selected to present at the NRS but do not have access to funding from their organisation/institution. If you are unable to access institutional funds please contact Gareth and Anjelica at newresearchers@vssn.org.uk.


NRS Fees for Non-Presenters

If you want to attend the NRS but are not presenting, you will also need to pay the NRS conference fee of £60.


Attending the Main Conference

If you want to attend the main conference you will need to pay the main conference fee. Please see the NCVO webpage: https://www.ncvo.org.uk/training-and-events/research-conference


Secure your Place

The deadline for abstract submissions is 8th June. Please use this form to submit your abstract.

All presenters must submit a final abstract to us by 17th July – everyone that also submits their full paper by this date will be considered for the The Campbell Adamson Memorial Prize. You can read about last year’s winning paper on the NCVO blog.

The requirements are:

  • The abstract should be 200-400 words.
  • The final paper should be 2500-4500 words.
  • It should include an abstract, and sections on the literature view/ methodology, analysis, any conclusions, and full references.  If you have not completed your research data collection or analysis, it is absolutely fine to just give some idea of any emerging themes or your next steps in the project – they do not have to be fully-formed.
  • All papers received by the 17th July deadline will be eligible for The Campbell Adamson Memorial Prize of £100.  The prize will be awarded for the paper that best meets the criteria of research quality; practice or policy relevance; and accessibility of style and approach.
  • We accept that other researchers may have worked on your research project and so may be listed, but the paper itself must be written by one or more new researchers.
  • Please use the template we will provide for the abstract and paper.


Your abstract will be included in the printed conference programme. Your paper will only be made available to others after the conference. After the conference we will convert the papers to PDF format and upload them to the VSSN website where they will be publicly available. You have the right to publish your paper wherever else you like without our permission since it is your work.

If for any reason you are unable to meet the deadline for the abstract and paper, please get in contact with us as soon as possible.