SANRC FYE Conference 2019 – Call For Papers

Date: 22-24 May 2019
Conference Venue: Soon to be Announced

Be the Difference for South Africa’s Students: Contemporary Practice in SA’s First-Year Experience (FYE)

The South African National Resource Centre for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition (SANRC) invite you to attend the 5th annual FYE conference, to be held on 22-24 May 2019. The conference will be held in an exciting venue for which we will soon announce details. 2019 marks the 5th anniversary of the hosting of this conference. Join us as we celebrate this important milestone in South Africa’s growing FYE community.

The conference theme presents FYE scholars and practitioners with the opportunity for critical reflection on their work, at both an institutional and individual level. Is our work making a difference to the lives of our students? Too many students are falling out of the higher education system on account of reasons which might have been wholly preventable. It is critical that we, as South Africa’s FYE scholars and practitioners, begin to develop and hone our skills to recognise this and to know how to respond effectively to the complex needs of our students.

We therefore invite you to submit abstracts for consideration to the SANRC in line with the following sub-themes:

• Case studies in Good FYE Practice
• First-Year Transitions in the Higher Education System
• Staff as Support Systems for First-Year Students
• Engaging the student voice: Critical Perspectives from students
• FYE in the Classroom
• FYE Theory

We accept abstract submissions in the following formats:

• Full Critical Academic Paper
• Reflective Practitioner Paper
• Student Papers: Research done by students
• Work-in-Progress Reports or Proposals for Future Research
• Interactive Poster Sessions
• Interactive Workshop Sessions


All submissions should link to the overall conference theme as well as sub-themes. Abstracts will be subject to a blind peer review process. Abstracts should be double spaced and written in Arial Font, size 11. Abstracts should also be limited to 350-400 words.
In the case of poster sessions, posters should be preferably A0 sized and include details such as Title, Details of Presenter, Introduction, Aim/Key Objectives of Research, Findings and Summary.


Please note the following dates carefully, particularly with regard to the need for early letters of acceptance in order to secure conference funding. We have 3 rounds for abstract submissions. Round 1 Opens 14 September 2018.

Round 1Deadline for Round 1 abstract submissions14 October 2018
Notification of acceptance15 November 2018
Round 2Deadline for Round 2 abstract submissions11 February 2019
Notification of acceptance25 February 2019
Round 3Deadline for Round 3 abstract submissions01 April 2019
Notification of acceptance15 April 2019


Registration will open on the SANRC website from early January 2019 (we will notify you). Please note the following with regard to registration: We need your registration! Without your registration, we will unfortunately be unable to use your abstract for the conference. Also remember that abstract acceptance still requires you to register for the conference. Co-presenters, please remember that you have to register too.

The fees are as follows:

Early Bird registrationR 4 000.00
Full Conference registrationR 4 800.00
Registration for NGOsR 3 800.00

Instead of the usual practice of submitting abstracts through the website, kindly submit your abstracts to us in Word format on email to:

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