This one-day conference seeks to explore understandings of students in this shifting context. Across many countries of the world, higher education landscapes have changed significantly over recent years. Market mechanisms have become more prominent, and politicians have become increasingly concerned about graduates’ transitions into the labour market. In some nations, although not all, students are now expected to make a substantial contribution to the cost of their higher education and, across mainland Europe, the Bologna Process has reshaped the nature of students’ experiences considerably.
This year's theme is the new directions and dilemmas related to methods and methodologies in higher education research as a complex multidisciplinary field. The summer school addresses the big decisions faced by all PhD students in the course of their dissertation: The choice of the methods and approaches and their compatibility with the research questions and the theoretical and conceptual frameworks chosen.