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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.

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...

Yuwei Xu, Dr

Research Fellow in Early Years and Teacher Education at UCL Institute of Education

Dr Yuwei Xu is a Research Fellow at UCL Institute of Education and a Convenor of the BERA Early Career Researcher Network. He gained his PhD in gender and early childhood studies in 2018 from the University of Glasgow, Scotland. Yuwei is a...

Regional Reps

Gihan Ismail

University of Bath

Gihan Ismail is the Early Career Researcher Network Regional Rep for Wales

Tracey Hughes

University of Stirling

Tracey Hughes is the Early Career Researcher Network Regional Rep for Scotland.

Helen Foster-Collins

University of Exeter

Helen Foster-Collins is the Early Career Researcher Network Regional Rep for the South of the United Kingdom

Sin-Wang Chong

Lecturer (Assistant Professor) at Queen's University Belfast

Sin-Wang Chong is the Early Career Researcher Network Regional Rep for Northern Ireland. Sin-Wang Chong (PhD) is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) at Queen’s University Belfast. Sin-Wang’s main research interests include assessment feedback...

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...

Content associated with this SIG

BERA Masters Dissertation Award

Closes 13 Jan 2021

Every year BERA recognises academic excellence and rigour in research by a Master of Education student. This underscores BERA’s commitment to developing capacity, advancing quality and...

Masters

AwardOpen

BERA Doctoral Thesis Award

Closes 13 Jan 2021

Every year BERA recognises academic excellence and rigour in research by a Doctoral student. This underscores BERA’s commitment to developing capacity, advancing quality and...

Doctoral

AwardOpen