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BERA 2022 Undergraduate Award

This award is for recent graduates who have completed their undergraduate degree in a field related to educational research.

This award is for recent graduates who have completed their undergraduate degree in a field related to educational research.

Eligibility Criteria

  • This award is open to individuals who completed an undergraduate degree in education or a related subject during 2021 (that is, their degree was awarded between 1 January and 31 December 2021).

Prizes

  • £250
  • BERA Membership (If you are already a BERA member, you will be given a second year of membership)

Judging

Nominations will be scored by the BERA Early Career Researcher Network judging panel. The panel’s judgement will be framed by the following criteria:

Rationale

  • This criterion relates to how coherently and explicitly the dissertation articulates its rationale and presents a justification for the research. High-quality entries should justify their rationale effectively by drawing upon existing literature.

Methodological rigour

  • This criterion relates to how robustly the research within the dissertation has been conducted taking into account, for example, research design, data collection methods, data analysis and research ethics. High-quality entries should demonstrate a sound and critical understanding of the selected design(s) and method(s).

Conceptual or theoretical underpinning

  • This criterion relates to how well the dissertation draws upon conceptual and/or theoretical frameworks to support the analysis and/or interpretation of the data generated. High-quality entries are expected to demonstrate a sound understanding and justify the selection of said conceptual and/or theoretical frameworks.

Presentation of findings

  • This criterion relates to how clearly the findings of the research – and their significance – are presented, including how effectively these are related to existing literature. High-quality entries are able to showcase the interconnectedness between the reported findings and the research questions.

Potential implications for research and practice

    • The criterion relates to how thoughtfully the utility of the findings is conveyed in respect to potential recommendations arising from the research and/or implications for research and practice moving forwards. High-quality entries will include implications that are specific and make explicit references to the reported findings.

 

2022 Undergraduate Award Winners

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Alice Sleightholme, Miss

Trainee Teacher at St. Aloysius Primary School

Alice is currently training to be a qualified primary teacher. Her professional development began with a bachelor’s degree in Education and Geography (combined hons.) at the University of Durham. My research interests include educational...

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Chang Liu, Miss

MPhil at University of Cambridge

Chang Liu is a postgraduate student reading MPhil Research in Second Language Education at the University of Cambridge. She is interested in sociolinguistics and ESL/EFL education with a special focus on language investment, identity, informal...

2021 Undergraduate Award Winner

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Sze Wa Ho, Miss

MPhil Student at University of Oxford

Sze Wa Ho is currently training to be a qualified science teacher at the University of Oxford. Her professional development began with a double bachelor’s degree in Education and Science at the University of Hong Kong, followed by an MPhil in...