Skip to content

Past event

The future of educational research in Wales

If you would like to view this in Welsh,
please click here.

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. 


09:00 Registration, refreshments and poster exhibition
09:50 Welcome and introductions
Professor David James, Cardiff University

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)

Presentation in WELSH and ENGLISH

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)

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

Presentation in WELSH and ENGLISH

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


The Welsh Government and BERA invited to submit a poster for The future of educational research in Wales conference. The posters highlighted educational research currently undertaken in schools, colleges and universities in Wales. They were displayed during a special session at the conference and are now available to view online – please click on the titles below:

Parallel cross-sector discussion groups

In the afternoon, conference delegates were invited to participate in focused workshops on the current strengths, challenges, and potential future of educational research in Wales. These diverse groups were comprised of individuals from across the education sector, and were facilitated by representatives from universities across Wales and beyond. The purpose of these discussions was 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.


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.