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Early Career Researcher Network

The BERA Early Career Researcher (ECR) Network aims to offer support to those who are in the process of completing their masters or doctorate in education, as well as those who have completed their studies within the past 5 years. It seeks to meet the needs of not only those who are pursuing studies and/or careers as researchers within Higher Education, but also those who are practitioners seeking to undertake research to support their development.

In line with BERA’s strategic priority to increase capacity within the field, the principal objectives of the ECR Network are to provide opportunities for early career researchers (ECRs) to engage with their peers to develop their knowledge and skills; to network and collaborate; and to be connected with BERA and the broader academic community within education. The ECR Network accomplishes this in a number of ways, from targeted correspondence with ECRs – including its termly newsletters, routine features within Research Intelligence, and a dedicated Twitter account (@BERA_ECRNetwork) – to events designed specifically to meet the needs of this community, such as the Network’s annual symposia series and writing for publication workshops. The ECR Network also provides bursaries to enable ECRs to access developmental opportunities – such as the Event Funding Scheme – as well as offering awards to recognise the exemplary work that is undertaken within the field, including the Masters Dissertation Award and Doctoral Thesis Award.

Twitter: @BERA_ECRNetwork

 

Network Convenors

Oliver Hooper, Dr

Research Associate at Loughborough University

Dr. Oliver Hooper is a Research Associate within the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at Loughborough University, having graduated with a PhD from the same institution in 2018. Oliver’s research explores young people’s...

Gihan Ismail

University of Bath

Gihan Ismail is a final year doctoral researcher at the department of education at the University of Bath and an associate lecturer at Oxford Brookes University. Her research explores the internationalisation of doctoral education and focuses...

Sin-Wang Chong, Dr

Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Language Education at University of Edinburgh

Dr Sin-Wang Chong (SFHEA) is Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Language Education at the University of Edinburgh. His research interests include language and educational assessment, computer-assisted language learning, and qualitative...

Regional Reps

Brittany Wright

University of Nottingham

Brittany Wright is the Early Career Researcher Network Regional Rep for the Midlands. Brittany Wright is an ESRC-funded doctoral student in the School of Education at the University of Nottingham. Her research explores women’s experiences of...

Rebekah Ackroyd

University of Cumbria

Rebekah Ackroyd is the Early Career Researcher Network Regional Rep for the North of England. Rebekah is a doctoral student at the University of Cumbria. Her research looks at how tolerance and mutual respect are understood and promoted by...

Yan Zhu

Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies at Bath Spa University

Yan is the ECR Regional Rep for Wales. Yan is a Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies at Bath Spa University. She teaches modules around children’s voices, research methods, and internationalisation of childhood studies. Before joining Bath Spa...

Content associated with this SIG

Early Career Researcher Career Development Fellowship

Closes 1 Jul 2022

The Fellowship is a flexible package of benefits intended to support ECRs in the first three years following completion of their doctorate, focusing in particular on those who are insecurely and...

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ECR Coffee Hour

29 Jun 2022 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Come along to the BERA ECR Network’s coffee hour during which time you’ll have the opportunity to find out more about the ECR Network and its activities as well as getting to know a little...

Upcoming event

BERA 2022 Undergraduate Award

Closes 25 Jun 2022

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

AwardOpen