2017 Voluntary Sector and Volunteering Research Conference – new researchers sessions

The purpose of the NRS is to give new researchers (ie 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
  • network with established researchers and practitioners.

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 NR sessions 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. As such we ask that people presenting at NRS attend both days and attend all NRS sessions.

How the NRS interacts with the main conference

All delegates of the new researchers sessions are warmly invited to the conference’s open and closing plenary sessions, and will have plenty of opportunities to network with established researchers and practitioners during refreshment and lunch breaks.

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 new researchers sessions, please contact Anjelica and Jane at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you have any queries about the main conference, please contact Cathy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

NRS fees for presenters

The cost of attending the two-day new researchers session is £60.

This will entitle you to:

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

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

If you would also like to listen to papers presented in the main conference you will need to register for the main conference and pay the main conference fee.

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 Anjelica and Jane at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.

Secure your place

The deadline for abstract submissions is 2 May. Please submit your abstract by email as a Word document attachment of no more than 400 words to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please write 'New researchers sessions' in the subject heading of your email and include the following information in the email body:

  • First Name
  • Last name
  • Organisation name
  • Do you have access to funding from your organisation?
  • Preferred contact Email

You will be notified if your application has been successful on 3 June 2017. You will then need to send a short abstract of 150 words to be included in the conference programme by 1 July 2017.

The Campbell Adamson Memorial Prize

Those new researchers that submit a full paper by 30 July 2017 will be considered for the The Campbell Adamson Memorial Prize which is worth (£100). You can read about last year’s winning paper on the NCVO blog .

Your paper should:

  • be between 25000 and 45000 words
  • include a150 word abstract
  • include a literature view
  • include a methodology
  • provide analysis of (early) results
  • include 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.

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.

If for any reason you are unable to meet the deadline for the abstract and paper, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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