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BERA Council and Committees

BERA Council is supported by a number of standing committees and steering groups who are tasked with actioning the decisions of BERA Council.

BERA Council is made up of the following:

The President who is elected for a period of two years as President, and two years as Vice-President on either side of their presidency.

The Vice-President. who is elected for a period of two years as President, and two years as Vice-President on either side of their presidency.

The Treasurer works with the Chief Executive in ensuring that the Association is financially compliant with all responsibilities pertaining to Companies House, Charity Commission and HMRC. The Treasurer’s role is important in helping to set and guide a long term financial strategy, and mitigating any financial risks posed to the Association.

Elected members: Each year, the Association invites members to consider standing for an elected position to the Council: there are up to twelve positions available and six co-opted vacancies for specific responsibilities. Once elected to Council, successful applicants also take on the responsibilities of acting as a Trustee of the Association. Elected members are encouraged to choose a standing committee for which they feel they could bring their skills and expertise to, these are:

Each committee has specific authority to manage various activities of the Association as delegated by BERA Council and the strategic priorities set by Council. Each standing committee has a Committee Chair, who reports back to the Leadership Committee, formally the officers. 

If you would be interested in joining BERA Council, please email secretariat@bera.ac.uk

BERA Council

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Dominic Wyse, Professor

Professor of Early Childhood & Primary Education, Founding Director Helen Hamlyn Centre for Pedagogy (0-11 Years) at IOE, UCL's Faculty of Education and Society

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Diana Burton, Professor

Professor of Education at University of Wolverhampton

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Gerry Czerniawski, Professor

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Mhairi Beaton, Professor

Professor at Leeds Beckett University

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Ros McLellan, Dr

Associate Professor at University of Cambridge

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Marlon Moncrieffe, Dr

President Elect at British Educational Research Association

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Morag Redford, Professor

Associate Dean Education at University of the Highlands and Islands

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Tanya Ovenden-Hope, Professor

Professor of Education & Dean at Plymouth Marjon University

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Sarah Seleznyov, Mrs

Co-headteacher at Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam

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Alison Fox, Dr

Senior Lecturer at The Open University

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Yuwei Xu, Dr

Associate Professor at University of Nottingham

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Sally Power, Professor

Professor at Cardiff University

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Paul Miller, Professor

Director, Institute for Educational & Social Equity at Institute for Educational & Social Equity

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Barbara Skinner, Professor

Professor in TESOL and Education at Ulster University

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Mabel Encinas, Dr

Senior Lecturer in Education at London Metropolitan University

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Sin-Wang Chong, Professor

Director of Impact and Innovation at University of St Andrews

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Gurpinder Lalli, Dr

Reader in Education for Social Justice and Inclusion at University of Wolverhampton

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