The future of educational research in Wales

The education system in Wales is currently on an ambitious and innovative reform journey and research and evidence informed practices are crucial to its success. This exciting conference held jointly by Welsh Government and the British Educational Research Association will provide a platform for the education community in Wales to discuss and share ideas about the opportunities for research and evidence informed practice in this evolving context.

Teachers, researchers and education stakeholders are invited to get involved in a showcase of educational research, contribute to discussions about how evidence can shape classroom practice and build partnerships.

The day will include contributions by the Cabinet Secretary for Education, Kirsty Williams, leading researchers and headteachers who are advancing the use of evidence informed practice. 

Attendance is free of charge.

Registration is available in both Welsh and English.


09:00 Registration, refreshments and poster exhibition
09:50 Welcome and introductions
Professor David James, Cardiff University
10.00 Harnessing research to practice – what international evidence suggest will make a practical difference in Wales
Philippa Cordingley, the Centre for the Use of Research and Evidence in Education (CUREE)
10.30 Panel discussion
Eithne Hughes OBE, Ysgol Bryn Elian; Dr Kevin Smith, Cardiff University; Dr Rachel Bowen, CollegesWales; Dr Kevin Palmer, Welsh Government
11.20 Chair’s commentary
11.30 Cabinet Secretary’s address
Kirsty Williams AM, Cabinet Secretary for Education
12.00 Poster session
including networking and lunch (provided)
13.30 Close to Practice Research: What is it, and how can its quality be improved?
Professor Dominic Wyse, UCL Institute of Education and
Professor Chris Brown, University of Portsmouth
14.00 Parallel cross-sector discussion groups
Professor Gary Beauchamp, Cardiff Metropolitan University
Dr Andrew Davies, Aberystwyth University
Professor Alma Harris, Swansea University
Professor Emma Renold, Cardiff University
Lisa Taylor, University of South Wales
Professor Enlli Thomas, Bangor University
Dr Jane Waters, University of Wales Trinity Saint David

15.00 Plenary debate on the strategic direction of educational research in Wales
Chairs: Professor Sally Power, WISERD
and Professor John Gardner, University of Stirling

16.00 Networking reception
17.00 Close of event

Parallel cross-sector discussion groups

In the afternoon, conference delegates will be invited to participate in focused workshops on the current strengths, challenges, and potential future of educational research in Wales. These diverse groups will be comprised of individuals from across the education sector, and will be facilitated by representatives from universities across Wales and beyond. The purpose of these discussions is threefold: 1) to understand the context of current engagements with educational research, 2) to share perspectives and experiences of educational research that can lead to sustainable and productive collaborations across the education sector, and 3) to develop a vision of, and strategies for, the increased capacity for high-quality educational research in Wales.

The Call for Submissions

The Welsh Government and BERA invite you to submit a poster presentation for The future of educational research in Wales conference held at Jury’s Inn in Cardiff on November 14, 2018. The posters will highlight educational research currently undertaken in schools, colleges and universities in Wales. The posters will be displayed during a special session of the conference, and delegates will have the opportunity to view poster submissions, discuss the projects with presenters, and to develop robust networks comprised of individuals involved in educational research throughout the education sector. We warmly invite you to take advantage of this unique opportunity to share your passion for research-informed approaches to education and enhancing the capacity for high-quality, educational research in Wales.

The submissions can address any of the following aspects of education in Wales, although other topics will also be considered:

  • Curriculum
  •  Pedagogy/Instruction
  •  Professional Learning
  •  Digital Competency
  •  Numeracy/Literacy
  •  Leadership & management
  •  Professional standards
  •  Initial Teacher Education

Submission Criteria
The following criteria must be met for your poster to be considered:
1) Use template provided (available in Welsh and English; opens as a separate window for downloading)
2) All text boxes in the template must be completed with relevant information.
Guidance on how to complete the poster is included. 
3) Poster text:
a. Word count: not to exceed 1,000 words (800-1000 recommended)
b. Suggested font size: 30 (excluding headings)
4) Poster graphics
a. Banners or footers are not required (or recommended)
b. Photos, graphs and other images are allowed, but not required
5) QR Codes
a. Posters will include a QR code with their contact information that attendees can scan and store with their phone.
b. Instructions for creating and inserting the QR code into your poster are included in “comments” with the poster template.
6) Recommended poster size – 1x1m (100cmx100cm)
Once poster templates are completed, please email them to  Professor Gary Beauchamp ( or Dr Kevin Smith ( with a subject line “Poster submission”.
Deadline: Thursday 25 October 2018.


A limited number of bursaries of up to £250 are available to fund travel expenses for students, early career researchers and teachers. To apply for one of these bursaries, please email with a 250-word statement outlining the benefits of attending for your learning and/or career and why you cannot get funding elsewhere. Bursaries are offered on a first come, first served basis. Travel expenses will be reimbursed after the event in accordance with BERA travel policies.

Back to top