We are delighted to announce that Professor Alan Tomlinson will chair the PhD / Early Career Researcher morning presentations at our forthcoming conference on the Wednesday 30 November 2016 at FC United. Alan is a leader in his field, who has made an incredible contribution over his career. Complimenting this Alan will also provide a presentation offering his guidance and expertise to support future research and researchers in football:

Future Research in Football by Professor Alan Tomlinson

This is a huge coup for the conference that is growing and going from strength to strength. You can check out a little more about Alan here on his blog. You can book to join us via our Eventbrite page here – we are open for abstract submission to present at the conference until Wednesday 10 August 2016 via email to D.Parnell@mmu.ac.uk. Read more about the conference here, but below is the details on the first part of the conference.

PhD student or Early Career Researcher Workshop: The purpose of these workshops is to create a positive, supportive and collegiate conference for presenters to provide a genuinely valuable experience.

We have 3 x 30minute presentation spaces for PhD students and/or Early Career Researchers to submit a paper or work in progress. As part of the workshop, each presenter would provide a 15min presentation followed by 15min discussion. Presenters will be expected to provide a 300 word abstract outlining the aims of your work, issues, challenges and questions you would like to discuss. Further presenters would be encouraged to present a written draft in advance of the conference for board members to provide critical friend feedback.

Within the discussion element of workshops the role of the participants would be to contribute to a positive and supportive environment for the presenters and to be prepared to provide insight, feedback and perspective on the presentation. The participants will have access to provide written feedback and support for the presenter, the discussion will be recorded in audio and a member collective will record a written account of the discussion keys points, all of which will be solely provided to the presenter post presentation for their reflection and consideration.

All morning contributors will receive a £100 worth of Routledge books each, plus a copy of the Handbook of Football Studies each (edited by John Hughson and colleagues).

Time Activity
9:00am – 9:15am Arrival and refreshments 
9:15am – 9:30am Welcome and introduction to The Football Collective
9:30am – 12:15  PhD student / Early Career Researcher WorkshopChair by Professor Alan Tomlinson, who will provide a summary and presentation on:

Future Research in Football

12:15 – 1pm Lunch
1pm – 3pm Research Insight Series
3:00pm – 3:30pm Break and refreshments
3:30pm – 5:30pm Keynote Panel Discussion – Chair: Dr Peter MillwardOwen Gibson,  chief sports correspondent at the Guardian

Rt Hon Andy Burnham MP, Shadow Home Secretary

Andrew Jennings, Investigative journalist

Shelley AlexanderBBC Lead for Women’s Sport

Inc. refreshments

5:30pm – 6:00pm Summary and way forward discussionInc. refreshments
6:00pm – onwards All participants are invited to continue the debate into the evening at our local curry house.

How to submit and/or register

All abstracts must be submitted to Dan Parnell by Wednesday 10 August 2016 via email to D.Parnell@mmu.ac.uk

All registrations, including those for presenters should be made by Wednesday 10 August 2016.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Dan Parnell (d.parnell@mmu.ac.uk) or Paul Widdop (p.widdop@leedsbeckett.ac.uk) via email.

See our Eventbrite page here.