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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

Dominic Wyse, Professor

BERA 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). Dominic is current President of the British Educational Research Association (BERA) from 2019 to 2021. He is...

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

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 Baumfield 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 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....

Ros McLellan, Senior Lecturer

Cambridge University

Ros McLellan taught psychology and mathematics in the secondary schooling sector for a number of years before joining the Faculty. Her background is in psychology and she is a graduate member of the British Psychology Society. She has always been...