Conference Committee

Mhairi Beaton
University of Aberdeen

Gerry Czerniawski
University of East London

Joanne Hughes
Queen’s University, Belfast

Vini Lander
Edge Hill University

Ian Potter
Bay House School and Sixth Form

Liz Todd
University of Newcastle

Felicity Wikeley
Canterbury Christ Church University

Why attend?

For educational researchers the BERA Annual Conference is an important date in their professional year. It provides the opportunity to:

  • network with existing colleagues
  • support new colleagues at the start of their careers
  • establish the beginnings of new collaborations
  • exchange ideas with like-minded colleagues; and sometimes more profitably, with non-like-minded colleagues
  • make new links with potential publishers or funders
  • learn about research outside your own area and investigate possible connections
  • indulge in discussions of ‘blue sky’ research that reminds you why you are a researcher


Seasoned BERA delegates could probably add several more reasons of their own as to why they return but for most it is about being part of a community of researchers. A community that is dynamic and changes over time; not just in terms of its members but in the way it does things. Participating in a vibrant conference is one way of making sure that you contribute to that change.

This conference is being supported by Visit Belfast, Belfast City Council and the Northern Ireland Tourist Board

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