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BERA John Nisbet Fellowship

Since 2014 BERA has awarded the John Nisbet Fellowship to one or more people who are deemed to have made an outstanding contribution to educational research over their career. Named in honour of our first President, this award recognises individuals who exemplify BERA’s commitment to encouraging educational research and its application for the improvement of practice and public benefit.

2023 Recipient

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Anna Vignoles, Professor

Director at The Leverhulme Trust

Anna was appointed Director of the Leverhulme Trust in 2021. She previously held professorships at the University of Cambridge and UCL Institute of Education and was a Research Fellow at the London School of Economics. Anna’s research has...

2022 Recipient

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Pamela Munn, Professor Emeritus

Retired at University of Edinburgh

After teaching history in comprehensive schools in London, Pamela joined the University of Stirling as a research fellow in 1979. She was appointed as lecturer in Applied Research at the University of York in 1984 where she taught courses on...

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Steve Graham, Professor

Regents and the Warner Professor at Arizona State University

Steve Graham is a Regents and the Warner Professor at Arizona State University. He was previously a Research Professor at the Learning Science Institute at the Australian Catholic University in Brisbane as well as a faculty member at Vanderbilt...

2021 Recipient

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Neil Mercer, Professor Emeritus

Emeritus Professor of Education and Director of Oracy Cambridge at University of Cambridge

Neil Mercer, BSc (Manchester), MA (Cambridge), PhD (Leicester) is Emeritus Professor of Education at the University of Cambridge, where he is also Director of Oracy Cambridge: the Centre for Effective Spoken Communication and a Life Fellow of the...

2020 Recipients

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Ian Menter, Professor

Emeritus Professor at University of Oxford

Ian is former President of BERA, 2013-2015. At OUDE he was Director of Professional Programmes and led the development of the Oxford Education Deanery. Before moving to Oxford, Ian was Professor of Teacher Education at the University of Glasgow....

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Usha Goswami, Professor

Professor of Cognitive Developmental Neuroscience at University of Cambridge

Prior to moving to Cambridge in January 2003, Usha Goswami was Professor of Cognitive Developmental Psychology at the Institute of Child Health, University College London. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Oxford in 1987, her topic...

2019 Recipients

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Andrew Pollard, Professor

Higher Education Researcher at IOE, UCL's Faculty of Education and Society

Andrew Pollard was brought up in Devon and has a family background in printing and in farming. He received his BA in Sociology and Economics from the University of Leeds, PGCE in Education from the University of Lancaster, MEd and PhD, in the...

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Mary James, Professor

Retired at University of Cambridge

Mary James, FAcSS, formally retired as Professor from the University of Cambridge Faculty of Education in 2014. She previously held posts at the Institute of Education London, the Open University and in three secondary schools. She is a Past...

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Walter Humes, Professor

Honorary Professor at University of Stirling

Walter Humes has been a Professor of Education at the Universities of Aberdeen, Strathclyde and West of Scotland. He is now an Honorary Professor in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Stirling. His publications range over a...

2018 Recipients

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Pat Sikes, Professor

Professor of Qualitative Inquiry in the School of Education at University of Sheffield

Pat Sikes is Professor of Qualitative Inquiry in the School of Education at the University of Sheffield. Pat began her research career in 1978 at the University of East Anglia as a research assistant on Lawrence Stenhouse’s Nuffield/Gulbenkian...

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Ivor Goodson, Professor

Professor at University of Brighton & Tallinn University

Ivor Goodson is professor of Learning Theory at the University of Brighton. He has worked in universities in England, Canada and the USA, and held visiting positions in many countries. Early in his career his PhD explored the construction of...

2017 Recipients

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Geoff Whitty, Professor

Research Professor at Bath Spa University

Geoff Whitty was Director of the Institute of Education from 2000 to 2010, and is widely credited with leading the Institute to new heights in terms of its local, national and international standing. Previously, he taught in primary and secondary...

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Gloria Ladson-Billings, Professor

President-Elect, National Academy of Education at University of Wisconsin

Gloria Ladson-Billings is the Kellner Family Distinguished Professor in Urban Education in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction and is Faculty Affiliate in the Departments of Educational Policy Studies, Educational Leadership & Policy...

2016 Recipient

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Brian Street, Professor

Higher Education lecturer, Professor of Language in Education at King's College London

Brian was a professor emeritus of language education at King’s College London and visiting professor at the Graduate School of Education in University of Pennsylvania. He mainly worked on literacy in both theoretical and applied perspectives,...

2015 Recipients

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Sara Delamont, Dr

Reader at Cardiff University

Sara Delamont was born near Southampton in 1947. She read Social Anthropology at Girton Colleges Cambridge, and did a PhD in Education at Edinburgh. The thesis was an ethnography of ‘St Luke’s’, an elite girls’ school. She lectured in...

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Patricia Broadfoot, Professor Emeritus

Professor Emeritus at University of Bristol

Professor Patricia Broadfoot CBE is professor emerita at the University of Bristol. Trained as a sociologist, she is the author of many books and articles on assessment including the role of assessment in society; the impact of assessment on...

Inaugural John Nisbet Fellows (2014)

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Paul Black, Professor

Emeritus Professor of Science Education at King's College London

For the first 20 years of his career Paul worked in research and undergraduate teaching in physics. During this time he also became involved in assessment work, both as a member of the JMB schools examination board and in a study of assessment of...

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Kathy Sylva, Professor

Higher education professor at University of Oxford

After earning a PhD at Harvard University Kathy moved to Oxford where she taught Psychology while serving on the Oxford Pre-school Research Group which was led by Jerome Bruner. Her book Childwatching at Playgroup and Nursery School broke new...

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