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BERA Public Engagement and Impact Award

The British Educational Research Association Public Engagement & Impact Award recognises the important impact of research and practice in the education community and celebrates significant educational research and its activities that have demonstrably engaged the public

The primary applicant must be a BERA member to apply.

Nominations are sought in respect of:

  1. individuals or teams whose educational research work has shown demonstrable public engagement and/or impact;

  2. practitioner(s) or policy-maker(s) whose activities are well grounded in educational research and have led to demonstrable public engagement and/or impact;

  3. persons whose activities have boosted public engagement with educational research and/or its impact, or whose efforts have increased recognition and support for education research in public policy.

For the purposes of this Award, ‘public engagement’ is broadly defined as activities that bring research and/or researchers and the public (or specific groups within the public) together. It is more than just disseminating research – effective public engagement is about two-way communication, with the researchers listening to and learning from participants or other stakeholders at different stages in the research process. Research Councils UK provide a helpful definition of public engagement – see http://www.rcuk.ac.uk/pe/
 
‘Impact’ is broadly defined as an effect on, change or benefit to the economy, society, culture, public policy or services, health, the environment or quality of life, beyond academia.  It includes, but is not limited to, an effect on, change or benefit to:

  • the activity, attitude, awareness, behaviour, capacity, opportunity, performance, policy,

  • practice, process or understanding; of an audience, beneficiary, community, constituency, organisation or individuals; in any Geographic location whether locally, regionally, nationally or internationally.

Nominations are scored by a BERA selection panel and are framed by the following criteria:

  • Relevance (e.g. to the Association’s purposes)

  • Clarity (e.g. of the case as set out)

  • Quality (e.g. of the work undertaken to achieve impact)

  • Significance (e.g. of the impact itself).

Prize Details 

£500
Featured article in BERA’s magazine Research Intelligence
Your research presented as a BERA Blog

2019

For 2019 we will be offering two prizes- one for individuals and one for research teams

The deadline to apply for 2019 is 27 September 2019.

Applicants will be notified by w/c 4 November 2019.

2018 Winner

Louise Archer, Dr

Karl Mannheim Professor of sociology of education at UCL Institute of Education

Louise Archer's research focusses on educational identities and inequalities, particularly in relation to social class, ethnicity and gender. She has conducted research on a wide range of issues, including British Muslim young people’s...

2017 Winner

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Sue Sentance, Dr

King’s College London

Dr Sue Sentance was awarded the winner of the 2017 BERA Public Engagement and Impact award for her work on removing the barriers to effective computing education. Dr Sentance conceived and developed a model of professional learning for...

2016 Winners

Alice Bradbury, Dr

UCL Institute of Education

Alice Bradbury was awarded the 2016 BERA Public Engagement and Impact Award for his work in challenging the goals set out for Baseline Assessment for assessing and tracking the progress of 4-5 year olds within the primary system, which led to...

Guy Roberts-Holmes, Dr

UCL Institute of Education

Guy Roberts-Holmes was awarded the 2016 BERA Public Engagement and Impact Award for his work in challenging the goals set out for Baseline Assessment for assessing and tracking the progress of 4-5 year olds within the primary system, which...

2015 Winner

Robin Alexander, Professor

Universities of Cambridge and Warwick and Director of the Cambridge Primary Review

Robin Alexander was awarded the 2015 BERA Public Engagement and Impact award for his initiation and ten-year leadership of the Cambridge Primary Review and its successor the Cambridge Primary Review Trust. The Review remains the biggest, most...