BERA is a membership association and learned society committed to advancing research quality, building research capacity and fostering research engagement. BERA aims to inform the development of policy and practice by promoting the best quality evidence produced by educational research.


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Members of BERA are eligible for benefits, including events, member networks, research intelligence and access to our journals.


Promoting educational research

We believe that the development of a world-class education system depends on high quality educational research but this is field where policy decisions are often driven by ideology rather than robust evidence.

BERA draws on the findings of the best independent and critical studies to evaluate current polices and practices, to generate fresh thinking and to bring a humanising influence to bear on proposals for reform.

Researchers' resources

BERA produces a range of publications and other materials aimed at supporting the work of all those who are active in the field of educational research.

This includes our four highly regarded peer-reviewed journals, our influential ethical guidelines and charter for research staff, a series of research methods text books for those beginning their research careers, and a range of topic-specific web-only documents.

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  • 2017 BERA Award Winners Announced

    We are pleased to announce the winners of the BERA 2017 Master Dissertation Award and the BERA 2017 Doctoral Thesis Award. Both Winners have received: £500 A 1,000 word double page spread of their paper to be featured in Research Intelligence. A complimentary registration at BERA Conference... Read More
  • 2017 Masters Dissertation Award Winner

    Every year the British Educational Research Association recognises academic excellence and rigour in research by a Master of Education student. The award is granted to a Master of Education student who completed their degree in the previous year. BERA Membership and Engagement Committee is... Read More
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