Thriving in a Challenging Higher Education Landscape

CALL for Oral Presentations and Poster Abstracts

Student Affairs Ireland (SAI) invites you to submit an abstract and/or a poster for presentation at the Summer Seminar which will take place in the Atlantic Technological University, Galway Campus on Tuesday, the 13th of June 2023.

Student Affairs departments have always been flexible, dynamic, responsive to change and challenge, and, above all, student-centred. This was never so obvious as during the COVID-19 pandemic, an unprecedented global event in our times that impacted on every one of us, personally and professionally. The ongoing commitment of student affairs professionals to student wellbeing, engagement and success, despite being at distance during the pandemic, is something to be celebrated, reflected on, and learned from. There is no doubt that SA professionals were vital in HEI outreach to students during this time. With our campuses having returned, in the main, to in-person teaching and learning, this is an ideal moment to come together to reflect on what we have learned, how the last number of years has impacted on the continuous growth and development of our profession, and how, with the availability of new and creative approaches, coupled with blended modes of delivery, we are all striving to maximise student engagement and ongoingly nurture student supportive environments.

Our Summer Seminar aims to bring together professionals to share research, experience, thinking and practice.

Abstracts can be submitted under the following themes:

  • Supporting students
  • Supporting ourselves
  • Supporting the work of HEIs

Deadline for submission – 12th May

Acceptance notification – 31st May

Abstract proposal requirements: Max 500 words

Presentation Types:

  • Oral presentations (15-20 minutes)
  • Poster presentations
  • Experiential activity (60 – 90 minutes). These activities can include workshops / combined presentations with colleagues

Poster Presentation:

Participants may submit a poster in physical / hard copy OR in electronic format. Physical copies will be on display for the duration of the seminar.  Electronic copies will be published online as part of our seminar proceedings. You may submit both a physical and a hard copy if you want your poster published online.

Hard copies are accepted in the following sizes:

A0 A1 A2 A3
118.9cm x 84.1cm 84.1cm x 59.4cm 59.4cm x 42.0cm 42.0cm x 29.7cm

You may choose Portrait or Landscape orientation.

Tip: To set the document size in PowerPoint, choose File > Page Layout >Slide Size > Custom > [ insert the size you want] Hint: To print effectively, images should be high resolution (150-300 dpi).

NB: Conference organisers will not take responsibility for posters. These will be discarded at the conclusion of the seminar if left behind.

Review Process:

Abstract proposals will be evaluated through a blind peer review. The review will look at the clarity of the content, quality and rigour and the relationship to one of the themes listed above.

For additional information, please contact:

Nóirín Deady. Email:

Daniel Caldwell. Email

Submit your Proposal HERE