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23 September 2014 to 25 September 2014London


Keynote Speakers


BERA is delighted to confirm the following
Keynote Speakers:


Professor Danny Dorling, University of Oxford Danny_Dorling.jpg

Danny Dorling is a professor at the University of Oxford. He went to various schools in Oxford and to University in Newcastle upon Tyne. He has worked in Newcastle, Bristol, Leeds, Sheffield and New Zealand. With a group of colleagues he helped create the website which shows who has most and least in the world.

Much of Danny’s work is available open access (see His work concerns issues of housing, health, employment, education and poverty. His recent books include, “The No-nonsense guide to equality”, “The Visualization of Social Spatial Structure” and “The Population of the UK”;  in 2013 “Unequal Health”, “The 32 Stops” and “Population Ten Billion” and in 2014 “All that is Solid: the Great Housing Disaster.”

You can read further about Professor Dorling at the following website:


Professor David Leat, Newcastle UniversityDavid_Leat.jpg

David Leat was appointed in 1989 as Geography PGCE tutor and continued in this role until 1999. Between 2001 and 2004 he was on leave of absense, working for the DfES in the KS3 Strategy as a Regional Director, putting research into practice. Since his return to the university he has been the Director for the Research Centre for Learning and Teaching CfLaT. You can read further about Professor Leat at the following website:



Professor Sugata Mitra, Newcastle University Sugata_Mitra.jpg

Professor Sugata Mitra is Professor of Educational Technology at the School of Education, Communication and Language
Sciences at Newcastle University, UK.

He is the instigator of the Hole in the Wall (HIW) experiment, where in the year 1999 a computer was embedded within a wall in an Indian slum at Kalkaji, Delhi and children were allowed to freely use it. The experiment aimed at proving that kids could be taught computers very easily without any formal training. Sugata termed this as Minimally Invasive Education (MIE). The experiment has since been repeated at many places.

His interests include Children’s Education, Remote Presence, Self-organising systems, Cognitive Systems, Physics and Consciousness. You can read further about Professor Mitra at the following website: ttp://


Dr Kalwant Bhopal, University of Southampton kb.jpg

Kalwant Bhopal is Reader in Education at the University of Southampton. She has published widely on the educational experiences of marginalised groups, particularly exploring aspects of intersectionality for BME and White minority groups. Her recent books include ‘Identity and Pedagogy in Higher Education: International Comparisons’ (with Patrick Danaher, 2012 Bloomsbury), ‘Intersectionality and Race in education’ (edited with John Preston, 2012, Routledge). She is currently writing a book, ‘The experiences of BME academics: international comparisons’ (2015, Routledge) and an edited collection, ‘Researching Marginalised groups’ (with Ross Deuchar, 2015 Routledge). She has been a member of BERA council since 2009 and continues to serve on several international journal editorial boards. Her recent research (funded by the Equality Challenge Unit) explores BME academic flight from UK higher education. You can read further about Dr Bhopal at the following website: 


Education Question Time Panel Discussion Speakers

As part of the Education Question Time Panel Discussion which is taking place on Tuesday 23rd September, we are delighted to announce the following speakers who will be taking part:

Alison Peacock
Peter Mortimore
Sam Freedman 
Warick Mansell
Pamela Munn