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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

Mhairi Beaton, Professor

BERA Conference & Events Chair 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....

Richard Race, Dr

Roehampton University

Dr. Richard Race is Senior Lecturer in Education within the School of Education at Roehampton University. His most recent monograph, Multiculturalism and Education was published by Bloomsbury in 2015. Richard has also edited Advancing...

Megan Crawford, Professor

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 emotion, leadership and the relationships between research and practice in schools and HE. Megan has worked in school,...

Charlotte Vidal-Hall

UCL, Institute of Education

Charlotte Vidal-Hall studied her PhD at UCL, Institute of Education and was an early years and primary teacher for 15 years. She has a long standing interest in the impact of computers in the early years and ways they can be used more effectively...

James Reid, Dr

University of Huddersfield

Jim Reid joined the University in September 2008 and is a Senior Lecturer in Childhood Studies in the Department of Education and Community Studies. Subsequent to social work practice with children and their families and as a social work manager...

Ian Potter

Bay House School

Ian Potter is the Chief Executive of the Gosport and Fareham Multi-Academy Trust. The GFM is the first local Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) in Hampshire, United Kingdom. Prior to its formation in 2017, he was the Headteacher of Bay House School during...