Enhancing Nursing Through Educational Research (ENTER) Conference

13 - 14 November 2014, Robert Gordon University

The ENTER conference is a showcase for educational research and related developments in nursing in Scotland and beyond

Download the ENTER Conference 2014 Flyer (pdf 360kb)

Event Themes

  • Student experience
  • Practice learning
  • Quality, values and ethics
  • Pedagogical approaches to nurse education
  • Transition and translation

Keynote Speakers

  • Inaugural NET International Lecture - 'Educating nurses for patient benefit'
     - Professor Anne Marie Rafferty, Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery, King’s College, London
  • 'Educating for Person-centredness:  Creating a positive purpose' 
    - Professor Brendan McCormack, Head of the Division of Nursing, School of Health Sciences, Queen Margaret University


For further details or booking enquires, please contact Linda Anderson

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Call for Papers

The deadline for submission of abstracts has now passed. We invite submission of abstracts under 3 categories:

  1. Seminar papers - 20 minutes of presentation and 5 minutes for questions
  2. Workshop papers - an hour with maximum of 15 minutes presentation to ensure 45 minutes participation
  3. Poster presentations - prizes for best undergraduate and postgraduate posters

Conference themes

You must relate your abstract primarily to one of the five conference themes, specify two learning outcomes and write no more than 300 words.

  • Student experience
    - Research and developments on context, process or outcome aspects of undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences
  • Practice learning
    - Research and developments focusing on practice context such as mentoring; skills development; simulation; interprofessional learning
  • Quality, values and ethics
    - Research and developments on promotion and evaluation of quality, values based/ compassionate/ person centred care and ethics
  • Pedagogical approaches to nurse education
    - Research and developments on the hows, whys, and wherefores of teaching, including theoretical and position papers
  • Transition and translation
    - Research and developments on transitions for students/staff or translation of policy/ theory/ research/ dictat into practice

We particularly invite nursing student and/or student and staff joint contributions on the themes.

Submissions can come from any country but relevance to nursing in Scotland must be made explicit.


Programme and timetable for the conference

Thursday 13 November

  • 1 - 2pm: Arrival with tea, coffee and pastries
  • 2pm: Welcome to ENTER and RGU 
  • 2.10 - 2.50pm: Plenary - Prof Brendan McCormack
  • 3 - 4pm: Seminar papers - two in each of the five themes
  • 4 - 4.30pm: Break with tea, coffee, biscuits and poster viewing
  • 4.30 - 5.40pm: Seminar papers in each of the five themes
  • 5.40 - 7pm: Drinks and reception with posters and entertainment
  • From 7pm: Disperse to homes/hotels

Friday 14 November

  • 9am: Welcome and introduction 
  • 9.15 - 10am: Inaugural NET International Lecture - Prof Anne Marie Rafferty
  • 10 - 10.30pm: Break
  • 10.30 - 12 noon: Seminar papers x 3 in each of the five themes.
  • 12 noon - 1pm: Lunch and poster viewing
  • 1 - 2.10pm: Workshops x5
  • 2.10 - 2.30pm: Prize giving, farewells and notice of next year
  • 2.30pm: Conference finishes for 2014


Enter 2014 Seminar and Workshop Programme (pdf 39KB)

Travel & Stay

Travel and Accommodation

Recommended Hotels

We have an arrangement with some Aberdeen hotels to offer discounted rates for conference attendees. Please contact the hotels directly, quoting 'RGU Enter conference' when booking to gain the discounted rate.

  • Brentwood Hotel, Crown Street (city centre) - £93 (B&B)
  • Jury’s Inn, Union Square (city centre) - £120 (RGU rate)
  • Douglas Hotel, Market Street (city centre) - £135 for a double room (single occupancy) or £145 for a twin room
  • Holiday Inn Express, Chapel Street (city centre) - £140
  • Premier Inn, Anderson Drive (outwith city centre) - £98
  • Cults Hotel, Cults Road (outwith city centre) - £99
  • Norwood Hall, Garthdee (outwith city centre) – £110 for a classic double; £125 for exec double (RGU rate)
Student Accommodation

We recommend students book accommodation with lower cost hotels or hostels. 

  • Aberdeen Hostel Queens Road (city centre)
    £60 for a double or twin; £40 for a single room with en suite; dorm accommodation with a student card £21