Overview

The conference is the main project event and serves to showcase and discuss the results and insights achieved through EUROSTUDENT by bringing together the involved stakeholders, researchers, and project teams, as well as interested project-external participants.

  • The conference will mark the launch of the first version of the EUROSTUDENT VII final report – a one-of-a kind comparative publication on the social and economic conditions of student life in Europe. A finalised version including the discussions during the event will be published a few months afterwards.
  • Contributions by national EUROSTUDENT teams, stakeholders, as well as external researchers, complement the comparative perspective by providing in-depth insights based on research and policy into specific topics, additional analyses, and/or national interpretation and perspectives.
  • Two newly published thematic reviews will highlight specific topics of interest. The first one will focus on “Flexible paths into and within higher education” (second one to be determined).
  • The event marks the publication of the first EUROSTUDENT Scientific Use File, which makes the data collected in the project’s seventh round available for further analyses by interested researchers and stakeholders worldwide.

In this way, the event serves to further the understanding of the social and economic conditions of student life in Europe, and to inspire discussions about practices in using EUROSTUDENT data and results to inform and improve higher education policy at the national and European level.

 

Call for Contributions

The conference aims to share insights and to spark discussion on students’ situation in Europe between researchers, stakeholders, and students themselves. We therefore invite submissions from researchers, ministry representatives, and other stakeholders interested in sharing their analyses and experiences related both directly to EUROSTUDENT, as well as more broadly related to study conditions and students’ lives in the European Higher Education Area.

Expected contributions can broadly be classified into research-based and policy-based contributions, although the line is not strict, and the assessment is left up to the contributors.

Topics

EUROSTUDENT covers a wide range of topics related to students, providing insights into both study and living conditions of students. Of particular interest is how these interrelate, and how students’ studies and lives are shaped by their academic and personal background, the higher education system, or the wider social, economic, and political context.

Main EUROSTUDENT topics:

  • Characteristics of student populations
  • Students’ socio-economic and/or educational background
  • Access paths and qualifications (incl. recognition of prior learning, transitions within studies)
  • Types and modes of study (incl. HE types, short-cycle programmes, full-time/part time students, interruptions of study)
  • Time budget of students
  • Employment and paid work
  • Students’ resources, incl. public support
  • Students’ expenses
  • Housing situation of students
  • International student mobility

The following current global and European developments may serve as particularly timely backgrounds for the contributions.

  • Covid-19 and higher education
  • In light of the worldwide pandemic, contributions investigating the impact of Covid-19 on higher education systems and students are considered to be timely and relevant. What is known about studying during and after Corona? How has higher education policy reacted and adapted to the challenges posed by the pandemic?

  • Social dimension in the EHEA
  • With the development of the principles and guidelines to strengthen the social dimension of higher education in the EHEA, submitted for adoption to the ministers responsible for higher education by the Bologna Follow-Up Group at the ministerial conference in November, the social dimension has gained new prominence within the Bologna Process. Accordingly, contributions analysing EUROSTUDENT data through this lens, as well as inputs highlighting national strategies and policies may be of special interest.

Types of contributions

Research-based contributions

Research-based contributions from a wide range of disciplines, such as sociology, political science, administrative science, education science, economics, or psychology, are welcome.

Within the wide range of EUROSTUDENT topics, different thematic contributions are welcome:

  • Contributions focussing on one of these topics and exploring it – or an aspect of it - in-depth either from a research or a policy perspective
  • as well as contributions focusing on a particular group of students and analysing their situation with regard to one or several of the topics.

In the context of the conference, contributions taking on one of the following perspectives are particularly encouraged:

  • contributions taking on a comparative perspective in their analyses, thus shedding light on how the students’ situations are shaped by national context
  • contributions adopting a cross-sectional approach, exploring the interdependencies between different student characteristics
  • contributions based on multivariate analyses; ideally taking into account context-level variables
  • contributions based on a sound theoretical framework which is related to the analyses and findings
  • contributions based on qualitative studies which show a way of complementing the quantitative EUROSTUDENT data

Policy-oriented contributions

Along with contributions based on in-depth analyses of EUROSTUDENT data, participants are invited to submit contributions sharing their reflections and experiences on the role of EUROSTUDENT at the national and international level.

Different kinds of contributions are welcome:

  • Contributions describing the role (national) EUROSTUDENT data plays in national structures/strategies/plans
  • Concrete examples of measures developed/implemented inspired by of (national) EUROSTUDENT data
  • Contributions sharing good practices and/or lessons learnt with regard to (national) EUROSTUDENT organisation, execution, or dissemination, e.g. examples of dissemination strategies, reporting structures, governance structures, student involvement
  • Contributions related to the broader policy context surrounding EUROSTUDENT (Bologna Process, social dimension,…)

Deadlines

  • January 31st, 2021: Submission deadline for contributions. Participants will be notified in February of the status of their contribution.
  • Registration will open in January 2021.

Downloads

Download full call for contributions and more information here

Submission instructions: Please send your proposals for contributions until January 31st, 2021 using the following templates: (PDFs not barrier-free)

Submit you proposals via email to:

 

Programme

Programme under development, more info when registration opens.

 

Registration

Registration will open in January 2021.

 

Important information: The pandemic situation has unfortunately made it necessary to move our event to an online format. More information on the practicalities will follow soon.

Conference fee: No conference fee will be applied, but accepted contributors, as well as representatives from EUROSTUDENT participant countries will be given priority if necessary. More details will be provided when registration opens.

 

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