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The British Educational Research Association (BERA) is the leading authority on educational research in the UK, supporting and representing the community of scholars, practitioners and everyone engaged in and with educational research both nationally and internationally.

Our History

The BERA Timeline is a resource that charts key moments both for the Association and also for educational research in the UK. Our intention is that this will draw as much as possible on existing resources (e.g. archive copies of our Journals, Presidential addresses, conference papers and the members’ newsletter, Research Intelligence) but we hope that it will not be confined to these. As you will see from the items elsewhere in this timeline, additional elements can be photographs, videos, interviews with key figures from both BERA and the discipline as a whole as well as views and comments from other sources such as Government Departments and funding agencies. Rather than compiling a book, our approach is to assemble a curated collection of digital artefacts that tell the history of the Association in multimedia format.

This is an ongoing project and will be added to over time. If you have any suggestions for additions or material you think can be uploaded, please contact BERA –

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