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BERA Council and Committees

Conference & Events Committee

The role of the Conference & Events Committee is to:

  • Ensure that the Annual Conference and programme of in-year events operate to the highest academic standards
  • Ensure that the Annual Conference and programme of in-year events develop in line with BERA’s strategic objectives
  • Oversee, approve and monitor the academic quality across BERA’s events, with a particular focus on the Annual Conference
  • Ensuring the appropriate mechanisms to deliver high academic standards for BERA’s Annual Conference and events are in place
  • Ensuring that BERA’s Annual Conference represents the diversity of interests of BERA members, including all four nations and under-represented groups, and aligns with BERA strategic priorities.
  • Overseeing the academic programme for BERA’s Annual Conference, including reviewing the academic quality, reach and diversity of keynote speakers
  • Manage the processes by which BERA sends representatives to other international conferences
  • Manage the process by which bursaries for BERA’s conference and other events are allocated, keeping the range of such bursaries under review
  • Oversee BERA’s in-year events programme and monitoring its effectiveness in terms of quality, impact, reach and academic range
  • Review how BERA events including the Conference delivers upon BERA’s strategic priorities
  • Liaise with BERA’s Special Interest Groups about their role in the Annual Conference and in planning other in-year events
  • Ensure processes are transparent including open invitation to members to serve on the committee

If you would be interested in joining this Committee please contact 

Conference & Events Committee

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Mhairi Beaton, Professor

Professor at Leeds Beckett University

Mhairi Beaton is Reader at the Carnegie School of Education, Leeds Beckett University. After completing a Bachelor of Education at University of Edinburgh, Mhairi worked as a primary school teacher in Highland Region in the north of Scotland....

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Megan Crawford, Professor

Professor Centre for Global Learning at Coventry University

Megan Crawford has significant experience in HE as a leader and academic at a senior level, and her work is keenly focused on leadership and the relationships between research and practice in schools. Megan has worked in schools, and at various...

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Charlotte Vidal-Hall, Dr

Research lead at N/A

Charlotte Vidal-Hall is a research lead working in an education policy environment where she has led research in to reading in secondary schools, school governance and behaviour in schools. Charlotte was an early years and primary teacher for 15...

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James Reid, Dr

Reader in Education at University of Huddersfield

Jim Reid is based in the Dept. of Community and International Education at the University of Huddersfield. He is a member of the Huddersfield Centre for Research in Education and Society, a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of the...

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Yuwei Xu, Dr

Associate Professor at University of Nottingham

Dr Yuwei Xu is an Associate Professor in Early Childhood Education at the University of Nottingham. Previously he has held academic positions at University College London (UCL) and the University of Portsmouth. With a PhD in gender and early...

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Aimee Quickfall, Dr

Head of School - School of Education at Leeds Trinity University

Aimee is Head of the School of Teacher Education at Leeds Trinity University, one of the BERA SIG leads for Mental Health and Wellbeing, and a member of the BERA Conference Committee. Her research interests are well-being and workload in...

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Meera Chudasama, Mrs

Teacher and Research Lead at Oakgrove Secondary School

Meera Chudasama is passionate about educational research; in particular making educational research accessible and digestible for those who work in schools. Alongside being a teacher, Meera feels most at home when she is supporting teachers, and...

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Chris Midgley, Mr

Senior Lecturer at Keele University

Chris Midgley wears three 'educational' hats that offer a unique perspective of HE and PCET education: he is a Senior Lecturer in Leadership at Manchester Metropolitan University, working on undergraduate and postgraduate leadership programmes...