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BERA Council and Committees

General Purposes Committee

The role of the General Purposes Committee (GPC) is to:

  • Ensure that in all of its activities BERA works towards its three strategic objectives: to advance research quality, build research capacity and foster research engagement in the education field
  • Ensure that the organisation is characterised by good governance processes and procedures in line with its charitable status
  • Ensure that decisions are taken openly and transparently in the interests of the organisation and its diverse membership
  • Coordination and review of all committee, working-group and project business, ensuring that academic input is given where appropriate and progress towards strategic objectives is monitored
  • Forward planning and operational decision-making, to inform Council’s strategic oversight and facilitate policy development
  • Nominate BERA members to external bodies where appropriate 
  • Oversee external liaison and consultation responses in areas where research evidence can usefully be brought to bear, in line with BERA’s charitable objectives
  • Consider what weight should be given to any new activities that Council might wish to consider and what weight they should be given in the light of the organisation’s current strategic priorities

General Purposes Committee

Gary McCulloch, Professor

BERA President at UCL, Institute of Education

Gary McCulloch is the inaugural Brian Simon Professor of the History of Education at the founding director of the International Centre for Historical research in Education at UCL Institute of Education.  He is currently (2017-2019) the...

Dominic Wyse, Professor

BERA Vice President at UCL, Institute of Education

Dominic Wyse is Professor of Early Childhood and Primary Education at the University College London (UCL), Institute of Education (IOE), and Head of the Department of Learning and Leadership. Dominic will be President of the British Educational...

Sean Hayes

BERA Treasurer at Hounslow County Council

Sean Hayes is a longstanding senior local government manager and team leader as well as being an educational researcher, data analyst and statistician. He has experience in doing research and writing research papers. Over 30 years experience in...

Gerry Czernisawski, Professor

Professor of Education/Research Degrees Leader at University of East London

Gerry Czerniawski runs the doctoral programmes (PhD and Professional Doctorate in Education) at Cass and teaches on Initial Teacher Education (ITE) courses.  In addition to his role as a researcher, author and teacher educator he is the Chair of...

Vivienne Baumfield, Professor

Professor of Professional Learning at University of Exeter

Vivienne Baumfiled is Professor of Professional Learning in the Graduate School of Education and co-leader of the Centre for Research in Professional Learning. She is interested in the interaction of research, policy and practice when...

Mhairi Beaton, Dr

BERA Conference & Events Chair at Leeds Beckett University

Mhairi Beaton is Senior Lecturer in Special Educational Needs 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...