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Welcome to the Student Engagement in Higher Education Journal.

The Student Engagement in Higher Education Journal is an international peer-reviewed journal publishing contributions dealing with student engagement in Higher Education from a disciplinary or multi-disciplinary perspective. We welcome contributions from those working and studying in Higher Education.

There is currently a rolling call for contributions.  

Click here to visit the SEHEJ homepage (which contains current and past issues) or look below to find out more about contributing to the journal.

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How to Submit


If you are considering to submit a student voice, opinion piece, non-text submission or review please contact the editorial team beforehand by email to: sehej@raise-network.com

If you would like to check if your submission idea is likely to fit with the journal in terms of focus and quality, please submit a proposal of your intended submission (in the order of 300 words) before writing and submitting the full piece.

If you are new or fairly new to writing for publication you may opt for the Developmental Route. This entails submitting a draft submission clearly stating that you wish to exercise this option. The editors will decide if they consider the submission suitable for SEHEJ. If they do, you will be allocated a mentor. The role of the mentor is to support you redraft the submission up to the standard required for publication.

For more experienced authors, a Direct Route is offered. Please submit a paper or case study/practice piece to the appropriate section of the journal via the SEHEJ website. Ensure that the submission:

  • Fully complies with submission and editorial guidelines and policies.
  • If not using the house templates*, you must adhere fully to all format and layout rules.
  • Is submitted in two forms; with full author details clearly marked ‘not for review’; and in anonymised form with all author and institutional identifiers removed, marked ‘for review’.

To assist you in keeping to the required format you can download a template to use to prepare your paper or case study.

Research Paper template

Generic Case Study Submission Template

SEHEJ Partnership Case Study Submission Template




Submission Types


We publish the following kinds of articles (the word limits are inclusive of titles, biogs etc and references):

Research Papers – based on completed research and with appropriate conceptual underpinnings; a clear methodology, and a critical discussion and conclusion that offer fresh insights and adds to knowledge and understanding. Theoretical pieces, policy analyses and meta-analyses of the literature that provide similar fresh insight and synthesis are also welcome (a maximum of 8000 words).

Student Voice – based on personal experience of studying at University, what engaged you with your studies or what disengaged you. How you felt about student engagement initiatives and how they impacted on your studying (a maximum of 2000 words)

Opinion Pieces – these are fairly short contributions based on the perspective of the writer. These will be informed opinions which may reference scholarship but are not expected to be rigorous as papers. Usually these will be invited by the editors (a maximum of 2000 words)

Case Studies/Practice pieces – based on student engagement and students as partners practices within the setting of the curriculum (learning, teaching and assessment in practice), extra-curricular activities or broader student experience initiatives (a maximum of 3000 words)

Non-text submissions – this would include short films, animations, audio files/podcasts or other forms of media that can be shared on-line and are accessible to our readers. Contact the editorial team to ensure that the submission is in a suitable format for the journal.

Reviews – a critical review of a book related to student engagement, or a relevant conference or similar event. (a maximum of 1000 words)

We consider all contributions submitted on the strict condition that:

  • the submission is your own original work, and does not duplicate any other previously published work, including your own previously published work.
  • the submission has been submitted only to the Student Engagement in Higher Education Journal. It should not be under consideration or peer review or accepted for publication or in press or published elsewhere.
  • the submissions contains nothing that is abusive, defamatory, libellous, obscene, fraudulent, or illegal (note statement about the ethos of RAISE earlier).
  • All submissions that involve research with human participants must have been successfully reviewed according to appropriate research ethics committee guidelines. A statement to that effect should be included either in the methodology or as an endnote.




Our Selection Process


The editorial team will acknowledge receipt and will check compliance as above. Non-compliant submissions will be returned and not accepted for review. The editorial team will decide if the submission is suitable for SEHEJ. If deemed so, the submission will be reviewed by at least two referees and a decision returned to the lead author normally within three months. Reviewers consider:

The criteria are:

  1. Relevance to the journal theme: any aspect of student engagement
  2. Quality of submission (argument, scholarship, research rigour, contribution to knowledge as appropriate)
  3. Interest to members of RAISE and the wider HE community




Management of SEHEJ


You can contact the board at sehej@raise-network.com

Editor in Chief:

Rachel Forsyth, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK,

Editorial Board:

Bernadette Brereton, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Ireland

Claire Hamshire, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

Deena Ingham, Loughborough University, UK

Johanna Nieuwoudt, Southern Cross University, Australia

Ian Solomonides, Victoria University, Australia

Jackie Cawkwell, Nottingham University, UK

Munita Dunn-Coetzee, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Tylor Burrows, University of Ottawa, Canada

Associate Editors:

Aimed at those who have less experience of academic publishing. Students are particularly encouraged to apply for such positions. They will work under the guidance of a senior editor. Associate editors will take on the role of reviewers, after gaining further experience, shall share editing roles working with a senior editor. In due course, associate editors will be eligible to become senior editors.

Editorial Administrator:

Katrina Ingram, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK




Apply to be a Journal Reviewer or Mentor


We are very grateful to our reviewers, who enable us to keep the journal going. We will be happy to consider all members of the RAISE community, and will support you in the task as much as we can. If you aren’t already signed up, please consider doing so using this online form. We ask reviewers to:

  • Commit to, and follow the editorial policies and procedures of SEHEJ.
  • Be able to undertake the role for at least one year, preferably longer.
  • Be able to commit sufficient time and effort to meeting review deadlines.
  • Always be constructive, diplomatic and inclusive in giving feedback to authors.




Development Route


If you are new or fairly new to writing for publication you may opt for the Developmental Route. This entails submitting a draft submission clearly stating that you wish to exercise this option. The editors will decide if they consider the submission suitable for SEHEJ. If they do, you will be allocated a mentor. The role of the mentor is to support you redraft the submission up to the standard required for publication.

Our mentors are experienced colleagues (who may also be editors or reviewers) who are in a position to offer this form of support.