On the 27th of August a Network meeting was held in the morning, followed by more than 40 paper presentations and discussions around the field of higher education in the afternoon.
NW 22 held the “(Post) Academic Careers: PhD graduates and Employability in- and outside Academia" symposium during ECER 2018 and follow up seminars in Amsterdam and Hamburg.
EERA supported a NW 22 publication project.
NW 22 offered a Pre-Conference of the Higher Education Conference, Scholarship of Learning, Teaching and Organizing, in cooperation with the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI).
In 2015 Christine Teelken (Netherlands) took over from Jani Ursin as new Link Convenor.
NW 22 organised a Pre-Seminar to ECER, which was co-funded by the Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE) and EERA.
At ECER 2011 "Urban Education" in Berlin, Graham Attwell and his colleagues from Pontysysgu interviewed the link convenor Jani Ursin.
NW 22 offered an EERA Symposium at the International Association for Physical Education in Higher Education (AIESEP). EERA funded the conference fees for 3 researchers.
In 2010 Jani Ursin took over from Barbara Zamorski as new Link Convenor of the network.
History of NW 22 1999 - 2010
Barbara Zamorski (University of East Anglia, UK) initiated this Network in 1999, and the Network began its activities at the 2000 Ecer Conference in Edinburgh. Rob Walker (also from the University of East Anglia) acted as a Co-convener. In 2002 Elinor Edvardsson Stiwne (Linköping University) became a Co-Convenor, as did Jani Ursin (University of Jyväskylä, Finland) in 2004. Barbara, with Elinor and Jani, then became a team of three convenors, with Barbara being the Link-Convenor until ECER 2009. In 2009, Jani took on the role of Link Convenor.
As the Network grew, and became larger, the need for more co-convenors was obvious. Therefore, in 2008 the convenors team was enlarged. The new co-convenors were: Mariana Gaio Alves (Portugal), Rosemary Deem (UK), Mari Karm (Estonia), Laurie Lomas (UK), and Monne Wihlborg (Sweden). Christine Teelken replaced Lomas position in 2009 after he retired.
The field of focus has developed considerably since the Network began. As indicated above, major changes in the role of higher education and universities globally has spawned much research and development in this education sector.
The reach and diverstity of studies can be noted in the sub-themes lintroduced for ECER 2010:
(1) Teaching, learning and assessment in higher education
(2) Employability and transition to work of higher education graduates
(3) Academic work and professional development
(4) Policy, management and governance in higher education
(5) Inclusion and diversity in higher education settings