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BERA Conference 2023

12 September 2023 to 14 September 2023Aston University/ Conference Aston

Welcome to the BERA Annual Conference 2023

Authors notified of outcome of submission on the 17th March 2023

BERA is delighted to announce a record number of abstract submissions for our BERA Annual Conference 2023. This will be the first time in the history of the event that over 1000 abstracts were submitted for consideration – a landmark endorsement of the esteem in which the conference is held by academics within the UK and globally. The review process is now underway and BERA looks forward to welcoming delegates to Birmingham later in the year.

BERA as an organisation is keen to support attendance at the conference for a range of potential delegates through provision of bursaries. Details are provided on the BERA website:

BERA is committed to making changes to conference organisation based on comments from delegates. In response to comments from delegates at the 2022 conference in Liverpool, BERA will be making a number of changes including the conference no longer ending with a parallel paper session but instead with a range of BERA organised plenary sessions focusing on current issues within education. We will also include more e-poster opportunities alongside some traditional posters. 

Finally, we will host a formal Gala dinner as our social event at the 2023 conference. The event will include an award ceremony for the winners of the BERA Masters and Doctoral Awards 2022. It will include a welcome drink on arrival and 3 course meal. There will be a live band for dancing but also a separate quiet area where attendees can continue conversations with their after-dinner coffee. An event not to be missed!

We look forward to seeing you in Birmingham in 2023.

Professor Mhairi C Beaton
Chair of BERA’s Conference and Events Committee


Key dates

17 March 2023

Authors notified of outcome of submission

1 May 2023

Early bird deadline

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.

Conference and Events Committee

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Mhairi Beaton, Professor

Professor at Leeds Beckett University

Mhairi Beaton is Reader at the Carnegie School of Education, Leeds Beckett University. After completing a Bachelor of Education at University of Edinburgh, Mhairi worked as a primary school teacher in Highland Region in the north of Scotland....

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Richard Race, Dr

Senior Lecturer at Sapienza University, Rome, Italy

Dr. Richard Race is Senior Lecturer in Education within the School of Education at Roehampton University. His most recent monograph, Multiculturalism and Education was published by Bloomsbury in 2015. Richard has also edited Advancing...

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Megan Crawford, Professor

Professor Centre for Global Learning at Coventry University

Megan Crawford has significant experience in HE as a leader and academic at a senior level, and her work is keenly focused on leadership and the relationships between research and practice in schools. Megan has worked in schools, and at various...

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Charlotte Vidal-Hall, Dr

Research lead at N/A

Charlotte Vidal-Hall is a research lead working in an education policy environment. She was an early years and primary teacher for 15 years before completing an MA and PhD in early years education. Charlotte has been a school governor at an inner...

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James Reid, Dr

Senior Lecturer at University of Huddersfield

Jim Reid is based in the Dept. of Community and International Education at the University of Huddersfield. He is a member of the Huddersfield Centre for Research in Education and Society, a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of the...

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Yuwei Xu, Dr

Associate Professor at University of Nottingham

Dr Yuwei Xu is an Associate Professor in Education at the University of Nottingham. Previously he has held academic positions at University College London (UCL) and the University of Portsmouth. With a PhD in gender and early childhood studies...

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Aimee Quickfall, Dr

Head of Programmes & Associate Dean at Bishop Grosseteste University

Aimee is Head of Programmes for Primary and Early Years Initial Teacher Education at Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln. Her research interests are well-being and workload in education, ITE policy and experiences of academics, mentors and...

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Ian Potter, Mr

Chief Executive at Gosport and Fareham Multi Academy Trust

Ian Potter is the Chief Executive of the Gosport and Fareham Multi-Academy Trust. The GFM is the first local Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) in Hampshire, United Kingdom. Prior to its formation in 2017, he was the Headteacher of Bay House School during...

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Meera Chudasama, Mrs

Teacher and Research Lead at Oakgrove Secondary School

Meera Chudasama is passionate about educational research; in particular making educational research accessible and digestible for those who work in schools. Alongside being a teacher, Meera feels most at home when she is supporting teachers, and...