Every year BERA recognises academic excellence and rigour in research by a Master of Education student. This underscores BERA’s commitment to championing educational research, and celebrating and recognise excellence in the education research community.
The applicant should be a fully paid up members of BERA at the time of nominations.
The institution at which the student submitted their dissertation should have confirmed the degree awarded by 31st December 2023; i.e this award is awarded to education students who have completed their masters in the previous year (2023).
Complimentary registration at BERA Conference 2024
Your research presented as a BERA Blog
Application for the award should consist of a submitted nomination via the ‘apply now’ button (above left)
Supporting documents that must be uploaded are:
A 1000 word extended abstract
A supporting statement from your supervisor, second supervisor, examiner or other expert in the field outlining why they believe this dissertation meets the judging criteria below (500 words)
a link to your dissertation hosted on a website such as google drive, dropbox, apple documents etc.
When submitting a document through the upload function on the application page, pleasure ensure the following:
The file name of the document is in this format: APPLICANT LAST NAME, APPLICANT FIRST NAME, DOCUMENT TYPE.
documents not received in this format will be ineligible for consideration.
If you require this application in a different format for accessibility reasons, please contact email@example.com
Nominations will be scored by a BERA selection panel. The panel’s judgement will be framed by the following criteria:
Research quality appropriate to the nature and context of the work undertaken
Methodological Rigour and robust research design
Critical engagement with, and application of, appropriate field related literature
Effective and critical analysis of data
Clarity of extended abstract
Recommendations associated with the findings
For her dissertation, “Indigenous Perspectives on Academic Integrity in Post-Secondary Institutions in British Columbia”
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