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Early Career Researcher Network

The BERA Early Career Researcher Network aims to offer support for those who are in the process of completing their masters, doctorate or EdD in education, as well as those who have completed their studies within the past 3 years. It seeks to meet the needs of not only those who are pursuing studies/careers as researchers within Higher Education, but also those who are practitioners (in primary, secondary or Further Education) seeking to undertake research to support their development.

In line with BERA’s strategic priority to increase capacity of the field, the principle objectives of the Network are to provide opportunities for early career researchers (ECRs) to engage with their peers to develop their knowledge and skills; to gain experience and to network; and to be connected with BERA and the broader academic community within education. The Network will accomplish this in a number of ways, from targeted correspondence with ECRs to events designed specifically to meet the needs of this community. BERA will also provide bursaries to enable ECRs to access development opportunities as well as provides awards to recognise the work that is undertaken within the field.

Network Convenors

Oliver Hooper, Dr

Teaching Associate at Loughborough University

Oliver Hooper graduated from Loughborough University in 2014 with a first class BSc (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Science. Subsequently, he remained at the University to undertake a PhD within the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences....

Yuwei Xu, Dr

Lecturer in Children and Family Studies at University of Portsmouth

Dr Yuwei Xu is 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 researcher in early childhood education and care (ECEC)...

Regional Reps

Louise Kay, Dr

Lecturer at University of Sheffield

Louise Kay is the Early Career Researcher Network regional rep for the North of England.

Amanda Tayler

Lecturer at Staffordshire University

Amanda Tayler is the Early Career Researcher Network Regional Rep for the Midlands.

Gihan Ismail

University of Bath

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

Leanne Henderson, Dr

Research Fellow at Queen's University Belfast

Leanne Henderson is the Early Career Researcher Network Regional Rep for Northern Ireland.

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

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